Aston Engineering students visit Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover

26 November 2012

Aston University students were invited to tour Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) car plant in Birmingham to discover more about the Company’s supply chain management and expansion plans.

Final year undergraduate students, from the Engineering Systems & Management Group (SEAS) visited the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Castle Bromwich, where the car maker has recently announce plans to create more than 1,100 new jobs as part of a  massive expansion programme.

The new jobs are to support plans for Jaguar Land Rover to produce 40 new models over the next five years. A host of new Jaguars are set to be built in Birmingham, the first being the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, which goes into production later this year.

Students were welcomed by David Dyke, JLR’s Director of Global Materials, Planning & Logisitics, followed by a tour of the hi-tech plant and warehouse. Students had the chance to see some of the JLR’s Logistics and supply chain systems used for the production of some of the famous Jaguar cars, including its XF and XK models. The undergraduates also had chance to discover more about job opportunities with the global company.

Logistics is concerned with the flow of materials in the supply chain; from source through the total industrial process to the customer and then on to disposal or re-use/re-cycling. The Sportbrake will be the first Jaguar estate car since the X-Type. It was built at the firm’s Halewood plant between 2008 and 2009.Other models set to be produced at Castle Bromwich are the revised 2013 XF and XJ ranges, featuring new engines and transmissions.

Aston engineering graduates have enjoyed success in finding logistics, supply chain and general management graduate positions with a variety of companies including: Debenhams, L’Oréal, Caterpillar, Bloomberg, Panasonic UK, Adidas-Salomon, Unilever, Virgin Atlantic Airways, BMW, Fujitsu, Hays Distribution, Omega Logistics, Rolls-Royce, Wincanton, Exel, Interbrew, GSK, Gist, TNT and Atkins. Other graduates choose to join Officer Training Schemes for the Army and Royal Air Force with Aston one of the select few UK Defence Academy (DTUS) universities.


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