Jaguar Land Rover hiring 1,000 Chinese workers for local factory

JAGUAR Land Rover is hiring 1,000 local workers for its £1bn joint venture in China after training the first group in Merseyside.

Fifty Chinese recruits have been working at the car manufacturer’s Halewood plant and are set to return to China at the end of the month to pass on the skills they have learned.

Jaguar Land Rover, which is owned by the Indian conglomerate Tata and based in the Midlands, is hoping to benefit from the surge in demand for its vehicles in China.

It plans to launch its own manufacturing operation in Changshu, near Shanghai, in a joint venture with Chinese car maker Chery.

The best-selling Evoque, known as the baby Range Rover will be the first car to be produced there and the factory is set to build up to 200,000 cars a year.

Last month Jaguar Land Rover revealed plans to open a £100m research and development centre in the UK in 2016, aimed at creating the next generation of vehicle technologies.