Stuart Clift and the Rt Hon Paul Boateng, British High Commissioner, South Africa

Whilst the world's most powerful leaders converged on Gleneagles for the G8 Summit, Jaguar and Land Rover was profiling its ground breaking Global Dealer Apprenticeship Training scheme in a presentation at the first ever Business Action for Africa forum.

The forum brings together key business leaders from across the UK in a bid to improve private sector partnerships and develop a set of recommendations to form part of the Commission for Africa's report. These recommendations alongside those of governments and civil society aim to bring about sustained growth of African trade and industry and bring an end to poverty.

Jaguar and Land Rover's apprenticeship programme has been born out of the company's passion for and commitment to young people development and life long learning. It aims to provide a world-class learning programme with global standards to help young people in the developing world gain confidence and recognised skills to increase employability.

Stuart Clift, Director of Service Operations at Jaguar & Land Rover commented: "We welcome the opportunity to link with like minded organisations looking to invest resource and share expertise within the African continent. Education is the backbone to successful business and global economy and Jaguar and Land Rover have a proud heritage in delivering apprenticeship programmes for young people employed within automotive dealerships. Our global people development strategy seeks to replicate our successful programme into key markets and Africa has been selected as a priority. We believe that Business can do more to help small enterprises access quality skills and training and I am sure this programme will add further essential support to the development of the African economy."

The 3-year programme was developed in consultation with Tshwane College and designed in line with South African standards. It will seek to educate local staff throughout Africa to deliver the specially designed work-based learning model to young people across the continent.

This project further serves to demonstrate Jaguar and Land Rover's commitment to delivering a better tomorrow - a commitment, which was evident earlier in the year as 40 apprentices took part in ‘Challenge Africa’ - a project designed to engage and inspire young people from dealerships around the UK. The group faced a huge array of challenging projects during the course of their two weeks in Kenya. These included the total rebuild of a local school and the refurbishment of the Kenyan Wildlife Trust Defender. The team also worked tirelessly to repair the village’s only water pump, a lifeline which supplies much needed water to hundreds of people in the region.

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Published : 14/07/05 Author : Melanie Carter

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