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Anna Halliday

County Commissionerfor

Skills and Further Learning

Staffordshire County Council


Martin Street

Stafford  ST16 2LH

Dear Head Teacher,

Re: Jaguar Land Rover Education Links

You will be aware of the exciting news that Jaguar Land Rover will be locating their brand new engine plant onto the i54South Staffordshire.  The announcement has generated considerable interest, both in relation to the opportunities for jobs and apprenticeships at the new plant, and in regard to the wider education programme linked with schools.

The i54South Staffordshiredevelopment has given rise to an innovative and unique skills partnership arrangement involving Jaguar Land Rover, South Staffordshire  Council, Wolverhampton City Council and Staffordshire County Council.  The purpose of this letter is to provide you with an introduction to the education and training opportunities that this skills partnership will promote to schools, colleges, providers and wider stakeholders in the respective local authority areas, and also to assist with communications by offering you a key point of contact in your local education authority area.

We are keen to ensure that local people have the maximum opportunity to benefit.  You may like to circulate the information that Jaguar Land Rover are currently inviting applications for advanced and higher level apprentices – opportunities that are attractive to both GCSE qualified and A level (or equivalent) qualified candidates.  Details can be accessed through the company’s careers website at

The Jaguar Land Rover brand is world renowned and the company has established an enviable reputation in regard to its education partnerships and its commitment to promoting the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematical subjects (STEM subjects).

The company sponsors and promotes a number of learning activities that are open to all schools including:

Jaguar Primary Challenge – a 2D CAD design and make challenge for KS1 and KS2 students (–primary-f1-in-schools.html)

Land Rover 4×4 Schools Technology Challenge – teams design and build a radio controlled 4×4 vehicle that can negotiate obstacles (

Further details of all of these programmes can be obtained from the websites or can be discussed with the local STEMNET or Education Business Partnership contacts (detailed at the end of the letter).

JaguarLandRover will also identify a targeted local school to engage with in the immediate area and with close proximity to i54South Staffordshireas part of its community strategy.   The intention is for this to beCodsallCommunityHigh Schoolin South Staffordshire and one school inWolverhamptonwill be identified.  Codsall

has been identified by Jaguar Land Rover due to their locality – they are the nearest Staffordshire school to the i54 site.

Therefore, the skills partnership envisages a suite of activity which is accessible to schools on a range of levels – ranging from universal access afforded by the challenges to more bespoke activity tailored to the local community through targeted local school neighbouring the i54 site.

It is still early days of course – the actual engine plant will commence the construction phase by the summer and is seeking to be in full operation by 2015.  Meanwhile, the Jaguar Land Rover skills partnership will keep you updated as we work with the respective Local Enterprise Partnerships to support education and skills and the critical role this plays in jobs, growth and prosperity.  Should you wish to contact us, full details of local points of contact are given below.

Yours sincerely

Anna Halliday

CountyCommissionerfor Skills and Further Learning


Local Contacts:

Contact for Staffordshire County Council area:

Anna Halliday,CountyCommissionerfor Skills and Further Learning or Telephone 01785 278774

Staffordshire Education Business Partnership contact:

Tel: 01785 353501

Staffordshire STEMNET contact:

at Tel 01785 353348

Contact for Wolverhampton City Council area:

Paul Doherty, Head of 16-19 Learning and Skills Tel: 01902 558087

Wolverhampton Education Business Partnership and STEM contact:

Tel: 01902 55(5169)

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