Jaguar was a founder member of the Imagineering initiative in 1999 and was a major exhibitor at the Imagineering Fair in the Midlands for a number of years. Landrover got involved in Imagineering in 2002 when a number of engineers became volunteer tutors at Imagineering Clubs.
The Fairs were a good community project for Jaguar. Jaguar and Landrover fully supports the need to encourage engineers of the future and to address the future skills gap.
In common with the US and Western Europe we continually face the challenge of recruiting and developing skilled engineers. National Grid’s strategy is to nurture our own future engineers by strategic recruitment and training of graduates and apprentices. However to ensure that we continue to have enough applicants for the ‘traineeships’ National Grid is committed to getting involved with organisations like Imagineering. Imagineering attempts to ensure that young people (8-16 year olds) are engaged and enthusiastic about engineering in its broadest sense. Imagineering relies on volunteers to run after school clubs to allow this engagement to occur. I view involvement of National Grid staff as Imagineering Club tutors as a great development opportunity for our young people.