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Meet Talibah Coffield

My name is Talibah Coffield and I am the founder and chair of the Jaguar Land Rover Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) network.

Our vision for the network is to empower ethnic diversity within Jaguar Land Rover. Championing diversity we will strengthen innovation, win the war for talent, encourage a diverse senior management structure and enhance customer brand perception.

The automotive industry is going through one of the largest periods of transformation we have ever seen. Therefore it is vital Jaguar Land Rover has diversity of thought in its organisation to ensure that we continue to create revolutionary products, which will create experiences our customers love for life.

Jaguar Land Rover signing the Race at Work Charter is a significant milestone for many reasons.

We are the first car company to be featured on the list again highlighting how Jaguar Land Rover continue to be pioneers in the automotive industry.

It also shows our customers that diversity and inclusion is important to us as a brand.

But most of it all it is a commitment to our employees. It demonstrates that JLR know that racial equality in the work place is imperative. The Race at Work Charter consists of 5 principles and enables our organisation to make practical actions that will drive positive change.We are only at the start of the journey but initiatives like the BAME network and JLR signing the Race at Work Charter are all fundamental steps in guaranteeing the growth of success of Jaguar Land Rover.

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SOLIHULL VOLUNTEERS GROW FRESH FRUIT AND VEG TO HELP THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

The opening of the new allotment is the latest community project supported by the Lode Lane factory, which aims to provide fresh produce for people in need of food who live in the Solihull and Birmingham area.

The team is working alongside Gro-Organic, who create green spaces to provide social and economic opportunities for some of the most disadvantaged people in the region, to help make a real difference in the community.

A team of volunteers overhauled the plot last winter, by clearing overgrowth, installing a polytunnel and raised beds in preparation for its first full year harvest.

The allotment will grow a range of fruit and vegetables including runner beans and raspberries, with the produce accompanying advice and recipes in seasonal food boxes. These will be distributed through a number of food banks, including – the Real Junk Food Project, Free Food Friday and the Incredible Edible Network.

There is also a hand-built earth oven at the allotment, where beneficiaries can enjoy the produce as soon as it is picked.

Dave Owen, Solihull’s Operations Director, said he was saddened to read that more than 100,000 children in Birmingham live in food poverty, adding:

“When the opportunity came to expand our partnership with Gro-Organic and create a community allotment, I knew the whole team would want to support it.

“This project provides an ideal opportunity to support the education, health and wellbeing of our workforce, while providing enough fresh, seasonal produce for 400 meals in its first year.”

This new allotment will also bring a wealth of wellbeing and education opportunities with it. A new work experience programme call ‘Moat-ivation’, aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds, will help improve their employability prospects and allow participants to gain a qualification in horticulture and landscaping.

Culture and Values

HAIRY SUCCESS FOR HARDEEP

Hardeep’s nomination for Employee of the Month came on the back of his work to bring together a team from across the EMC to raise money for Movember.

An initial target of £500 was smashed and the eventual fundraising total topped £4000.

The 45-year-old, from Telford, began his career at Jaguar Land Rover working on the line in diesel assembly four years ago. Within two years he had progressed to the quality team and now works in quality engineering at the EMC.

He said: “Nine years ago I took a career break from my role as a retail manager to look after my three children. My wife is an accountant, so it made sense.

Joining the EMC on the line four years ago, was my first time working in a manufacturing environment, but I really enjoyed it and pushed for progression.

“It’s great being part of the quality team, as it’s such a supportive group.

“I’d completed Movember a few years back and showed my pictures to the team. They said why didn’t I do it again and it snowballed from there. I was so surprised to win Employee of the Month. The success of Movember was a team effort. We couldn’t have raised the amount of money we did without everyone getting involved and backing the campaign. We certainly have a massive total to beat for next year, so let’s hope even more people get involved.”

Culture and Values

PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING DRIVER MITCH EVANS TAKES A PIT STOP AT SOLIHULL

Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Mitch Evans paid a special visit to Solihull to inspire employees and students alike.

Mitch went behind the scenes at the plant to see first-hand how we manufacture the award-winning Jaguar F-PACE and Range Rover Velar in our state of the art manufacturing facility. Whilst he was there, he spent time meeting and chatting with colleagues on the line. He even got the opportunity to fit the all-important Jaguar badge to a customer’s new Jaguar – supervised by an experienced expert associate!

Later in the day, he met more colleagues from the plant during a special signing session where Jaguar Racing gave away merchandise and freebies. Then, after a spot of lunch, Mitch met students from Harrow school who were visiting the Jaguar Land Rover Education Centre, and talked with them about life as a racing driver. 

Mitch said, “It was amazing to visit you at Jaguar Land Rover Solihull plant and see the hard work that goes in behind the scenes and the technology that goes into developing such amazing vehicles. Thanks for making me feel so welcome!”

Culture and Values, People

Our Annual Armed Forces Conference

A great turnout saw over 120 colleagues made up of Jaguar Land Rover’s armed forces veterans, reservists and supporters attend the annual event, now in its 4th year.

As a gold standard Armed Forces Covenant holder Jaguar Land Rover has publicly pledged to become an employer of choice for service leavers. We are pleased to have welcomed over 850 ex-service personnel to Jaguar Land Rover since 2014 and have a range schemes to support them transitioning into our business.

“The armed forces conference is a great opportunity to offer veterans and our reservists ongoing support and camaraderie within the business,” commented Rob Lummis, Head of Employee Experiences. “The annual conference is a high point in the year and gives our people the chance to come together from across the business to engage with us and feed into future armed forces activities at Jaguar Land Rover.”

At the conference attendees were given an update on our armed forces engagement activity, had the chance to network with fellow ex-forces leavers from across the business and were treated to a keynote speech from Land Rover ambassador and polar explorer Ben Saunders.