Jaguar and Land Rover have started the construction of their state of the art manufacturing facility in Rio de Janerio in Brazil. This Brazilian Real 750 million (Rs 1804.33 crore) worth facility will also have the first overseas Education Business Partnership Centre. The ceremony was attended by the state Governor for Rio, Luiz Fernando.
The company’s education programme in the United Kingdom will act as guiding spirit for the new centre in Rio, providing a range of classroom activities to help local schoolchildren develop key skills, work cognizance and inspire them to pursue rewarding careers at Jaguar Land Rover in the future. The new plant on the other hand, is a step forward in Jaguar Land Rover’s attempt to have a truly global manufacturing footprint and will be an indispensable pillar in the company’s long term sustainability plan.
The Tata owned luxury car manufacturer, works closely with the societies living close to its manufacturing facilities around the world and, whilst construction is just beginning in Brazil, Jaguar Land Rover has already set up strong ties with the communities in both Itatiaia and nearby Resende. The company has launched the first phase of its Inspiring Tomorrow’s Workforce training programme in Itatiaia working in conjunction with the Brazilian national training provider, Senai. The programme offers work experience, training and employability qualifications for unemployed 17 to 26 year olds to prepare them for employment in the automotive industry.
In the first phase, the 60,000 square metre spread facility in Itatiaia will be the work place of 400 people and will have a production capacity of around 24,000 units annually. The new Discovery Sport will be one of the first cars to roll out of the factory in 2016 when the plant becomes operational.