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Jaguar Land Rover unveils new Academy
Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled its new Technical Academy for Jaguar and Land Rover dealer technicians and apprentices.
The Academy, in Warwick, coordinates and conducts product and systems training for technical staff (principal service technicians) employed in the Jaguar Cars and Land Rover UK and international dealer networks.
Over the past decade, over 1,000 young people have participated in its advanced apprenticeship programme and in May 2008, the Academy was awarded Training Quality Standard certification by the Learning and Skills Council.
The new Academy brings together training facilities previously based at Jaguar Land Rover's design and engineering headquarters in Gaydon and manufacturing facilities at Castle Bromwich. It occupies over 4,000 sq metres of floor area including a 60 metre workshop and training zone equipped with vehicles, components and systems for hands-on training. The facility also has 16 classrooms, including four that can accommodate vehicles.
Mike Wright, director, customer services said: "Jaguar Land Rover is passionate about delivering an outstanding customer experience, and the Academy is an example of how we are ensuring we deliver that in all our markets. The facility not only provides training for technicians and apprentices working in our UK dealer networks, but also serves as a centre of excellence in supporting our global markets.
"The Academy will act as a blueprint, in terms of both the facility and procedural standards, wherever we deliver training around the world. It is vital for our customers that we have a consistent approach to ensuring our dealers are technically capable of maintaining our sophisticated products and understand what it takes to deliver the levels of service our customers have come to expect."
Dr Adrian Birch, manager of the Academy said: "I believe our Academy is the best equipped automotive training facility of its type. Jaguar Land Rover provides an industry leading Dealer Apprenticeship programme which continues to grow year on year. Both brands have excellent reputations in the development of young people and this centre of excellence is a further step in demonstrating our long term commitment to supporting and promoting engineering as a modern and exciting industry."
Jaguar Land Rover says the chemicals company BASF assisted with the renovation of the new building by offering advice and solutions in addressing environmental efficiency and sourcing sustainable materials for the project.
TV presenter, Kate Humble, officially opened the Academy. Kate commented: "Jaguar Land Rover is committed to improving its carbon footprint whilst providing its apprentices and dealers with a first class facility. It was a delight to meet with some of the young apprentices and dealer technical staff today and see the enthusiasm they showed towards their new academy."
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