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JCB to create 130 jobs through its Young Talent Programme

JCB is creating almost 130 new jobs with its Young Talent programme.

The investment will see the bulk of the new apprentices and graduates join the business this summer as part of the company’s highly-successful ‘Young Talent’ scheme.

In addition, undergraduates will be sponsored through their university studies and spend a year in industry working for DNCC member JCB with a view to taking up roles with the company on graduation.

As part of the Young Talent programme, JCB is this year launching the brand new Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture – a first in the UK.

It is a Level 3 qualification with newly-designed elements to reflect the importance of support functions needed by successful global businesses.

The Apprenticeship will be run in conjunction with the JCB Academy and is aimed at 16-year-old school leavers.

JCB CEO Alan Blake said: “Many of the young recruits joining under the Young Talent programme will be in engineering roles but as JCB grows we also need to develop skills in the areas that are vital to support our growth aspirations, which is why the Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture is so important.

"We are an innovative company and innovation drives our thinking in all areas of our business which is why I’m delighted that JCB will be the first company in the UK to offer this innovative apprenticeship to develop the key skills we will need in the future.

“JCB has very ambitious growth targets and their delivery hinges on having the right skills in place. By increasing the intake on the Young Talent programme by almost 25 per cent in 2013, we will see a record number of young people join the business in a single year.

"This investment is vital to the future success of JCB and will strengthen the highly-skilled teams we already have in place around the world.”