The Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning visited Halewood Operations to meet some of the company’s first qualified apprentices.
Mr Hayes said: “By inspiring and training the new generation of highly skilled technicians we need to fuel growth and build prosperity, Jaguar Land Rover is setting a fine example to British business.
“To help more firms open their doors to our young people, the Government is funding the biggest and best apprenticeships programme our country has ever seen.”
John Hayes was given a tour of production lines that included the Evoque, a new car which has allowed the company to hire 1,500 new employees.
Richard Else, Operations Director at Jaguar Land Rover, Halewood, said: “The automotive industry has a critical role to play in supporting a manufacturing led economic recovery. Our business is experiencing a period of growth thanks to investment and innovation and we need to ensure that we have the next generation of engineers lined up to carry us forward.”
Mr Else added: “Initiatives such as ‘See Inside Manufacturing’, will help us to get the message out that manufacturing is an exciting industry, excellent career choice, with high quality training and a bright future.”
Mr. Hayes also visited the Land Rover Experience Centre and Jaguar Land Rover Education Business Centre, meeting more than 30 local school children who were visiting the company.
‘See Inside Manufacturing’ is a collaborative initative designed to promote British manufacturing and dispel the myth that companies no longer ‘make anything’.