Jaguar Land Rover recently held an open day at its Castle Bromwich plant in the UK for students from nearby Aston University, in Birmingham. The event was part of a programme the carmaker has been running with the University’s Engineering Systems & Management Group since last year, which is designed to give students access to the world of automotive logistics and encourage them to consider it as a career choice after graduation.

JLR’s Material Planning and Logistics team organised the most recent event to give 50 students the chance to meet senior managers and to see the logistics operation at the plant in action.

“Over recent years we have noticed that logistics, as a potential career, has relatively low profile amongst students and graduates,” said David Dyke, JLR’s director of Global Material Planning & Logistics. “We have established the partnership with Aston University to raise awareness of the diverse range of opportunities and disciplines on offer across the automotive industry.”

This year 13 graduates have joined JLR’s Material Planning and Logistics department as part of the company’s graduate programme. It is the first UK carmaker to create a bespoke graduate training programme that is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). The graduates will complete the CILT Level 5 Professional Diploma.