Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has a long history of supporting the British Military, and is committed to helping ex-Service personnel transition into successful civilian careers.
The car manufacturer signed the British Armed Forces Military Covenant in 2014, and was official partner of the first Invictus Games in London and subsequent events in Orlando (2016) and Toronto (2017).
JLR works with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to provide insight days and work experience opportunities for Service personnel. These opportunities help people to understand what careers are available outside of the military and are offered to all Service leavers and veterans. Subject to availability and individual circumstances, participants can spend time with different teams at JLR, to help identify the right roles for their skill set, while gaining CV and vocational advice. This gives the opportunity to meet with hiring managers and veterans who have already been through the transition process. Since April 2017, more than 60 veterans have visited JLR before submitting an application.
JLR has an Armed Forces Steering Committee, which is comprised of JLR employees from relevant functions, including veterans and HR professionals. It provides advice and support, ensuring JLR is focused on its Covenant commitments to the Armed Forces family.
JLR is proud of its programme for Wounded, Injured or Sick (WIS) Servicemen and women. The initiative enables applicants to consider vocational options to suit their particular limitations. JLR tries to reduce barriers where possible, by providing specialist equipment or adapting processes. 45 people have joined the programme, with 28 gaining ongoing employment with JLR. Six further placements led to employment with suppliers or related organisations.
In September 2017 Jaguar Land Rover and its retail network launched a pilot project for Service personnel and veterans to become trained retail technicians. Six people took a three-week course at the JLR Academy in Leamington Spa, which led to employment at a Jaguar Land Rover retail site. This new initiative is a real win win for Jaguar Land Rover and the services; there is a national shortage of retail technicians and the bespoke course developed by the Academy successfully bridged the gap between the skills and knowledge of the military vehicle mechanics and the requirements of the Retailer Network. A second course is due to commence before the end of February.
Outcomes and Benefits
JLR has employed more than 800 veterans since 2013, and aims to reach 1,000 by 2020. In addition, more veterans are working for other companies in the JLR supply chain, including local retailers and suppliers like DHL. As a consequence, ex-Service Personnel find new fulfilling careers, and JLR has the employees it needs to grow as a business.
The car manufacturer recently won the Officers’ Association Excellence in Work Experience Programmes at the BSI Resettlement Awards.
Rob Lummis, Head of Employee Experiences at JLR, said: “It is brilliant to be recognised, because it encourages the business to do even more to help veterans, it also promotes to other organisations the benefits of hiring veterans. Jaguar Land Rover believes that Armed Forces personnel have the wide range of skills, experience, discipline and commitment that can drive the business forward.”
JLR was also recognised by the Defence Relationship Management in 2015, receiving a Gold Award under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.
JLR is looking to recruit more veterans. It is participating in the Army External Placements Programme in 2018, which offers serving personnel a placement mid-service, providing an element of commercial experience. This will also help JLR and the Ministry of Defence to share their expertise.