The Event

Cardinal Newman Catholic Academy visit to Jaguar Land Rover 3rd November 2016

A Careers Inspiration in Engineering visit was organised for 37 students from Cardinal Newman Catholic Academy in Luton to Jaguar Land Rover in Solihull on the 3rd November 2016. The visit was arranged with Claire McNeil, the schools Careers co-ordinator to ensure it fitted with the students CEIAG plan.


Cardinal Newman Academy is a Specialist Science College under the old SSAT framework. After discussions with Claire, the school decided to engage a group of 37 student’s pupils in years 10 and 11 that were thinking of a future pathway into engineering, on an enrichment day for Engineering as to show the students the different career paths that are available to them in this field.

Jaguar Land Rover

The event was held at Jaguar Land Rover Solihull on the 3rd of November, with 3 members of school staff and one from Develop supporting. The day was hosted by the Education Business Partnership Centre where students were introduced to the engineering methodologies applied at Land Rover such as 6 sigma, 5 S and waste reduction using key statistics and real world examples.

This was followed by a Lean manufacturing activity and plant tour. The plant tour was especially effective as it was run by two retired employees who could impart years of knowledge and change from a personal viewpoint to effectively engage pupils. References were made to Jaguar Land Rover apprenticeships at available opportunities around the plant, leading to pupils asking about non production opportunities in HR, supply chain and maintenance.

The day was finished with a talk from Joe, a 4th year apprentice in final assembly highlighting Jaguar Land Rovers’ two tier approach to apprenticeships, standard and Higher and the entry qualifications for both. Pupils were given time to ask Joe questions about life as an apprentice for Jaguar Land Rover how this balanced with his university life balanced. He explained that the biggest benefit being that the engineering degree was funded by Jaguar Land Rover. Joe pointed out the relevance of extra curriculum activities that demonstrate a wider skill set.

Jaguar Land Rover Visit


From the evaluation forms students fed back that they all enjoyed the tour, especially the activities and 76% of them would like further information on education career pathways in engineering which will be supported by the school and from information obtained on the tour.

For more details please contact Denise Moreau, email: or phone  01525 408088

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