26 August 2015

  |  CBI Updates Team

Case study, Update

First Masters Graduate from Innovative Jaguar Land Rover Technology Programme

Jaguar Land Rover's unique Technical Accreditation Scheme brings together nine top universities to deliver skills development in specific key technical disciplines.

First Masters Graduate from Innovative Jaguar Land Rover Technology Programme

The first Masters student graduated from an innovative Jaguar Land Rover technology programme in July 2015.

One of a series of case studies of successful business-university collaboration.

Developed and delivered in partnership with​ Warwick Manufacturing Group​ (WMG) at the University of Warwick, the Technical Accreditation Scheme (TAS) is designed to upskill staff to support the delivery of future product strategy and low-carbon technologies. The programme develops Jaguar Land Rover employees at all levels and disciplines across the organisation, from the shop floor to senior managers​, and is part of the Jaguar Land Rover​ Learning Academy.

The flexibility of TAS means that it can be tailored to meet learners’ diverse needs and ability levels.  There are over 80 modules available in total to choose from, delivered across 9 universities.  Modules include: Powertrain Design, Hybrids, Computer Simulation, Electronics, Sustainable Product Design, Quality Tools and Project Management – they can be all taken separately or combined to form a qualification, up to and including an MSc or EngD from one of the partner universities. There are currently 3,800 Jaguar Land Rover staff on TAS modules.

Howard Freeman (above, second from right), an Electrical Integration Engineer based at Jaguar Land Rover in Gaydon, recently became the very first MSc graduate from the programme. He completed 8 modules and a project to be awarded his MSc in Automotive Technology.

The scheme is fully endorsed by the Royal Academy of Engineering and accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.  It also supports the UK Automotive Industrial Strategy published by Government in July 2013.

​WMG ​acts as the hub and delivers modules ​alongside​ the universities of​ Aston, Bradford, Coventry, Cranfield​,​ Loughborough, Southampton, UCL and York.

Howard said:

"The scheme has expanded my knowledge and understanding while simultaneously building strong links between academia and industry. I would strongly recommend it to colleagues."

Jo Lopes, Head of Technical Excellence at Jaguar Land Rover (above at right), said:

“We’re delighted to see the first graduate from the Technical Accreditation Scheme. The development of our engineers is business-critical to Jaguar Land Rover, ensuring continued innovation and technical excellence in the delivery of premium cars and all-terrain vehicles. The Technical Accreditation Scheme is our innovative and progressive approach to skills growth, making the most of the excellence of our university partners in delivering cutting edge education.”

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, WMG Chairman, said:

“It’s wonderful to see the first graduate from the Technical Accreditation Scheme. It shows what individuals can achieve when their company is willing to invest in them. It is vitally important, for British manufacturing that we ensure we have an appropriately skilled workforce to be able to continue to compete on the world stage and improve the British economy.”