Gaydon, Warwickshire, 20 August 2002 – Land Rover has unveiled recruitment plans, confirming the employment of 50 new graduates across the 4x4 manufacturer’s three UK sites.

The 50 new recruits, selected from over 1,500 initial applications, will be placed across all Land Rover functions varying from manufacturing to human resources, joining Land Rover’s 11,000 UK employees. The recruits will start in September 2002.

Land Rover’s recruitment manager, Graham Thompsett commented: "We can offer graduates the opportunity of a highly individual career within a group of equally individual companies. The prospects open to recruits within Land Rover and the wider Ford Motor Company are immense."

The company have also committed to take on a number of other student recruits via vocational and industrial trainee programmes. The vocational programme involves a three-month placement with Land Rover for second and third year university students, who wish to gain valuable work experience over the summer holiday. The industrial trainee initiative applies to third year engineering students embarking upon a ‘sandwich year’, who have the opportunity of spending 12 months with Land Rover. Upon completing the placement, trainees have the opportunity of entering the company's graduate recruitment process, which if passed successfully can result in the offer of a full-time position, before applicants even complete their degree.

Prudence Jones, Land Rover recruitment consultant, said: "The industrial trainee initiative allows us to recruit graduates well in advance and before completion of their respective degree programme. The exceptionally high demand we have experienced here has meant that we have already filled many of the graduate vacancies available for next year (starting September 2003)."

Land Rover’s recruitment team have been working recently to enhance the company’s employment appeal to potential recruits, with Land Rover entering The Times ‘Top 100 Employers of Choice’ earlier this month, for the first ever time at number 93.

Published : 20/08/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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