I’m not only changing the way people drive cars, but also the way we design cars of the future



Changing the way the world moves.

Powertrain Engineering is responsible for designing and developing world class engines, transmissions, electrical motors, drivelines, powertrain systems and controllers which deliver the driving experience our customers love.

Powertrain utilises some of the most advanced techniques, facilities and knowledge to stay ahead of the competition. We provide the power and driving force behind our vehicles using state of the art facilities and shape our industry by finding the ideal balance between performance, sustainability, and refinement.

There are 2 pathways in our Higher Apprentice programme - Propulsion Technician or Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technician. Whichever pathway you choose, this exciting 4 year programme will develop your practical skills and cultivate the knowledge required for your particular role. This is all achieved whilst developing behaviours such as team working and problem solving.

Explore the pathways

Propulsion Technician

To enable consistency and accuracy in testing, measurement, methodology, and technology, the technician will be responsible for enabling the execution of test plans which fulfil the internal customer’s and facility’s requirements for quality, cost, time, function, safe systems of work and risk management. They will perform preparation, installation, modification, maintenance, and fault diagnosis of complex propulsion units under test across the various test cells within the propulsion function.

The Technician will assume a proactive role in test delivery, taking responsibility, for example, test script creating, editing, first line data analysis, and quality validation providing an essential link between the test function and the propulsion engineer.

Training will be delivered in the second year in the test environment. This will see you learning how to operate state of the art test equipment. This experience will be built on as you move into your end role team in your third year and focus on your specific role. Typical job roles include, Emission Test (RDE) Technician, Electric Drive Units / Engine Build Technician, Engine Test Technician, Battery Test Technician

CAD Technician

The CAD Technician is responsible for the creating the parametrised geometric designs at whole systems level to enable the drive of standardisation, efficiency and robustness within Advanced Manufacturing Engineering. This creates consistency and accuracy in design, creation and methodology. The CAD Technician is responsible for engaging with functional teams across the business to enable the execution of designs which fulfil the internal customer’s requirements for quality, cost and time, whilst adhering to safe systems of work and risk management.

Training will be delivered in the second year and will see you developing your CAD skills through the training based in the Powertrain AVA Team. In the second year having become a CAD Creator you will be working on and delivering CAD projects. This will see you gradually working across the whole of Powertrain developing and delivering CAD toolsets to a world class standard. Typical job role, Powertrain CAD Technician.


To join the Powertrain Higher (Technician) Apprenticeship scheme you’ll need Maths and English Language GCSE Grade C or above, or Grade 4-9. Additionally, 3 GCSE’s including a Science, Engineering or Technology at Grade C or above or Grad 4-9, or as an alternative, Engineering Vocational qualification Level 3 of 90 credit value (540 GLH).

You will also need A Level Maths at C Grade or above.


The Powertrain Higher (Technician) Apprenticeship is a four year programme.

As well as developing commercial and professional experience, you’ll also gain academic and vocational qualifications during your Apprenticeship including a BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (HNC) with an optional Higher National Diploma (HND) top up (depending on performance and business demand) plus a Level 4 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Manufacture or equivalent.

The programme will be delivered at our lead training providers facilities. This will be via a combination of block and day release. It will provide the underpinning engineering knowledge for those on the apprenticeship to become world class Technicians in their specialist area. This underpinning engineering knowledge will be supported through specialist in-plant training and placements when you are in company.


Your starting salary will be circa £13,000 per year which you will receive even when you're studying at college. Upon completion of the scheme, provided you have performed well you will have achieved a Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering alongside a competitive salary. This will give you a brilliant grounding to contribute to Jaguar Land Rover's future.

We'll also pay your tuition and course fees and give you a generous holiday allowance as part of your package. You'll be able to access a range of deals and discounts from various retailers and many of our facilities have their own gyms and sports facilities so you'll have plenty of opportunities to play at the end of the working day.

Our apprentice behaviours

One of the important parts of the appraisal and selection process is making sure that your attitude to work matches the behaviours we adopt every day in our pursuit of excellence. These behaviours are fundamental to who we recruit and so please be honest when reading through them. If you can think beyond the challenges of today, then you are us.

Working with others

Teamwork and collaboration is crucial to the success of our business. We need people who will:

  • Build strong and positive working relationships
  • Contribute to group work and respect the input of others
  • Communicate openly and help others when needed

Problem solving

We strive to overcome any obstacle and meet every challenge we’re faced with. We need people who will:

  • Think logically and calmly about a problem before acting
  • Seek to understand underlying causes of issues and quickly identify solutions
  • Ask for the advice and help of others when needed

Quality focus

Our iconic vehicles are revered the world over for their quality. We need people who will:

  • Follow our procedures fully and complete all work to a high standard
  • Apply the same care and attention to every task, even in challenging circumstances
  • Look for ways to improve how tasks are completed

Personal responsibility & resilience

Our people take extreme pride in their work, persevering with tasks even in difficult situations. We need people who will:

  • Take responsibility and accountability for their work
  • Persist with tasks until they are completed correctly
  • Adapt to change or new environments positively

Willingness to learn

Our apprenticeships are for people who have a passion for learning and who want to make the most of the hands-on experience and qualifications we offer. You will:

  • Be self-motivated and enthusiastic in your learning
  • Take feedback on board and ask questions to increase understanding
  • Seek opportunities to practice and apply new skills

Motivation for role

We are looking for people who are passionate about our brands and dedicated to building a career in engineering. So do you:

  • Enjoy getting hands on with practical tasks?
  • Have a keen interest in discovering how mechanical and electrical things work?

Meet some apprentices


Maintenance Apprentice

“I chose Jaguar Land Rover because the structured and detailed Apprenticeship programme really appealed to me and my working style.”

I’m a Maintenance Engineer in my second year of the Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Pathway. I was looking at a variety of apprenticeships, but I chose Jaguar Land Rover because they are one of Britain’s largest car manufacturers and the structured and detailed apprenticeship programme really appealed to me and my working style. One of the greatest aspects of being on any of the apprenticeship programmes, is the support you get to succeed. I started with a year at the training provider at Aston, but my development has only increased since being on-site in Solihull.


Design Engineer

“With self-driving vehicles becoming a reality, we’ll be looking at how people will make the most of their time in the car. My job is to continue to design cars that create experiences that customers love.””

As strange as this sounds, I didn’t know much about the world of engineering until a group of Jaguar Land Rover apprentices came into my school to talk about what they do. I was amazed that engineering was really suited to my skillset. And I realised that creative thinking and problem solving are exactly what is needed to do well as an apprentice here. I’ve been here three years now, working as a Design Engineer, and it has been harder than I thought, but the support is incredible. And the network of other apprentices is huge. There’s always someone who will listen to you and so many people you can learn from.


Connected Car Integration Engineer

“I chose Jaguar Land Rover because it’s a Great British Brand and I came here because I wanted to write code.”

It’s so exciting! 5G technology, streams of data and advanced cloud and server based platforms are allowing me to help our cars adapt in the moment to drive efficiency for the customer. Whether that’s predicting when a car needs to warm the seats or start up, or when an engine needs to change performance to match the conditions it’s driving in. Not to mention how we update battery range or infotainment systems in the blink of an eye.


All programmes are currently closed but you can register your interest below.


Contact the recruitment team

We're always pleased to hear from talented people. So if you have any questions about the Advanced Apprenticeship opportunities, or if there's anything else you'd like to know before you apply (or indeed during the application process), please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Email: apprent@jaguarlandrover.com