Jaguar Land Rover creates 700 jobs with the expansion of its manufacturing centre

Jaguar Land Rover is creating 700 jobs, in a boost to those seeking engineering roles.

The British luxury car giant said it is investing an extra 165 million on expanding its new engine manufacturing centre near Wolverhampton.

The factory is due to open this year with the first engines for Jaguar and Land Rover models expected to come off the production line in 2015.

The near-100,000 sq m plant's new recruitment drive will bring the total number of jobs there up to 1,400 and swell total investment to 500 million.

The recruiter made the announcement at the Geneva Motor Show.

It said that Jaguar Land Rover's new UK engine manufacturing centre is "essential" to support the firm's long-term strategic expansion plans.

Jaguar said the site will be the home of a new breed of technologically advanced, lightweight four-cylinder low-emission diesel and petrol engines.

The state-of-the-art facility is the first in the firm's history to be completely designed and specified by Jaguar Land Rover.

The plant will include an engine testing centre alongside the manufacturing and assembly halls.

Chief executive officer Dr Ralf Speth said that the new engine manufacturing centre is a clear demonstration of Jaguar's business strategy guiding its investment plans.

Dr Speth added: "Not only does it bring our engine supply back to our production doorstep, but it gives us significant new resource as we continue to innovate with new products and markets."

Unite union general secretary Len McCluskey said he is delighted the facility is being expanded, having lobbied JLR and the last Labour government to set up a new engine plant in the West Midlands.

He called it a "fantastic boost for manufacturing" and "a massive vote of confidence in the skills of the UK workforce".

Mr McCluskey said he is delighted JLR is going to build its own engines and manufacture them in Britain, adding: "Its investment will generate quality employment in the West Midlands and is a much-needed shot in the arm for Britain's struggling manufacturing sector."

Jaguar's car firm was formed in 1922 - as the Swallow Sidecar Company - and employs an estimated 10,000 workers.

Copyright Press Association 2013