Jaguar Land Rover

In June, our Business Studies and Geography students traveled by coach up the M42 to the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull.

The plant is a small village in itself, comprising shops, restaurants, a medical centre and a bank.
The main focus of the outing was the use of machinery and robots in the manufacture of the Range Rover car, and the impact this has had on sectors of industry within the UK. For example, robots are far more accurate than humans and they can work faster and without the need for a break. This increases the productive efficiency of the company and means that the original plant workers have had to be retrained to do jobs in other areas.The final stage of quality control is still manned by real people, though. The interesting anecdote to support this was the imprint of poor ‘Freddie the Fly’ who had been caught in the aluminium press one doomed summer’s day. There are 60 sheets which slipped through the net before the mistake was spotted. As a result, the metal panels now have to be checked under fluorescent lighting with keen eyes, to make sure the owners of these very expensive vehicles are not getting an unwanted pattern on the bonnet!

 

 

We learned how the staff are treated by the company to ensure they are motivated and happy, such as asking the workers to come up with improvement ideas, something they are well placed to do as they are at the working end of the business. If the change is implemented 10% of any money generated as a result goes to the said employee.

 

Our students were fully engaged in the processes and the tour guides’ recollections.
This was a long day, but well worth it for the insights into the world of work elements of both the Business and Geography syllabuses.