Fifty final year students from Aston University’s Engineering Systems and Management (ESM) Group visited JLR’s Castle Bromwich manufacturing plant last month to meet senior managers, hear from former Aston graduates now working at Jaguar and to see the company’s world-class supply chains in action. The partnership, established in 2012, has delivered numerous beneficial initiatives, such as providing learning materials, sponsoring dissertation awards, giving guest lectures and leading research projects.
David Dyke, Director of JLR’s Global Material Planning & Logistics team, said: “JLR’s logistics function is a fast paced and dynamic environment offering graduates some fantastic development opportunities as well as some unique experiences. We hope this long-term partnership with Aston University will inspire and encourage students and graduates to see the industry potential for careers in logistics.” Aston University ESM Group Lecturer, Dr Aristides Matopoulos, commented: “This University has a long tradition of, and places enormous importance on, building strong relationships with industry so as to produce employable graduates. That is exactly what we are working on together with JLR.”
Sophie Hetherington, one of the students involved in the tour, said: “It was an inspiring day and I’ve learned a lot. It’s been really useful to ask questions about the company’s logistic process. Having spoken to many of the logistics teams, I’m definitely going to apply for a position with JLR.”
Hyunmook Choi, an International Student from South Korea, said: “It’s been a great opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes. I knew JLR was growing but I didn’t realise just how much.”
Aston University’s partnership with JLR is one of a number of link-ups with major corporations, including energy provider E.ON, healthcare company Kimal Ltd and Lloyds Bank.
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