JLR Education Centre

Bringing STEM to life for students at the Jaguar Land Rover Education Centre in Wolverhampton. 

The £500 million state-of-the-art Jaguar Land Rover facility, at the i54 technology-based business park, officially opened in 2014 by Her Majesty the Queen and is home to the production of engines for both Jaguars and Land Rovers.  The Engineering Manufacturing Centre (EMC) in Wolverhampton is the first facility Jaguar Land Rover built from the ground up – and it took just 18 moths to turn the site from field to factory.  

There’s a revolution underway in the automotive industry – the future will be driven by the possibilities created by new technologies and, as the largest investor in automotive research and development in the UK, we want enthusiastic employees with enquiring minds and a commitment to the company to push the boundaries beyond what the industry currently deems possible.  

Having the Education Centre on the doorstep means that thousands of local young people have the chance to go behind the scenes at this world-renowned centre.  

From the moment they put on their hi-vis jacket they will be immersed in the unique culture of the centre, having the chance to get up-close with robots and the production line, as well as finding out what it’s like to work in such a unique environment. 

With age-appropriate practical hands-on activities, problem-solving challenges and team tasks – all linked to the national curriculum from KS2 to KS4 – pupils will be encouraged to use their maths and literacy skills, inspired to embrace STEM and find out more about the exciting career opportunities available on their doorstep and beyond. 

Every trip includes a tour of the site and a visit to our machine hall and diesel assembly hall where pupils will see engine production at its finest.     

Read on and find out more about what’s on offer to you and your pupils at the Jaguar Land Rover  Education Centre.  

Key Stage 2

Workshops for pupils at Key Stage 2 aim to spark and engage their interest in STEM by involving them in a range of fun interactive activities which will enable them to learn and use their skills in a practical and imaginative way. 

Workshops on offer include: 

  • Engineering Excellence – surveying, planning and ‘building’ their own factory 
  • Maths Mayhem – measuring engine parts, collecting data and making a working model 
  • Science Sense – testing and analysing a range of materials  
  • STEM Stars – carrying out investigations, exploring engineering and building a working model 
  • Real Robots – How robots are used to make engines and build your own robot
  • EMC Environmental – How the modern factory is energy efficient, reduced carbon footprint and recycles materials

Workshops can be tailored to the school’s individual curriculum needs if required.      

The Engineering Excellence session will enable pupils to take a tour of the centre and learn fascinating facts about the site and how environmental impact was at the heart of the build. 

They will become accountants, architects, planners and surveyors as they take part in a range of practical fun activities to find out what it takes to design and build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. 

What will they do? 

Super Surveying – put maths and measuring skills into practice when they become surveyors to accurately measure the education centre. 

Smart Sustainability – learn about how all of the EMC facilities were designed with sustainability at the heart.  Did you know that even fine metal dust particles are collected and sent for recycling? 

Lovely local area – get the lowdown on why the EMC was built in this area – it wasn’t just by accident!    

Team Challenge – a practical task challenging pupils to work in teams and use their maths skills to plan their own facility using a range of techniques – including budgeting and producing a feasibility study – and ‘build’ it within a fixed timescale and budget, whilst aiming to be the first team to win the challenge!

At Jaguar Land Rover maths is used to measure, check and problem solve to ensure all engines are produced the standard expected of a world-renowned industry leader. 

The Maths Matters session is an opportunity to bring the maths curriculum to life and for pupils to use their skills and knowledge take measurements, collect data and work together to build a working.

What will they do?   

Measurement Mayhem to put decision-making into practice by choosing the correct equipment from a range of measuring tools, and then accurately measure realistic engine parts and check results against required tolerances. 

Dotty about Data to collect a range of data during the tour of the EMC and analyse and present it later in the day. 

Team Challenge – a practical task challenging pupils to work in teams to build a working x model from three different build options. They’ll need to choose their product, calculate the cost of production and work together to build their model within a fixed timescale –and compete to be the first team to complete the task!    

At Jaguar Land Rover data is collected, analysed, evaluated and reported, and state-of-the-art equipment is used in the on-site laboratories and testing facilities to ensure all engines are produced the standard expected of a world-renowned industry leader.

The Science Sense session is an opportunity to contextualise the science curriculum and highlight the importance of scientific skills in the manufacturing industry.

What will they do?

Crazy Contamination – to learn how contamination levels are managed while building engines; work with microscopes to identify types of contamination, decide where it may have come from and determine if it is within acceptable levels; use data to carry out tests and produce reports.
Materials Madnessto consider the different materials used in engine manufacture, why they are used and why their properties make them suitable for purpose.
Perfect Plastics and Robust Rubberto use scanners to identify engine parts and scientific equipment to test their rigidity. Take, record and evaluate readings and present findings to the rest of the group.

At Jaguar Land Rover STEM skills are used in every department every day – from analysing materials, programming machines, designing components and ordering supplies.

The STEM Stars session introduces the importance of these subjects and gives pupils the opportunity to get involved in a range of practical tasks to bring the curriculum to life.

What will they do?

Scienceto investigate tyre friction on a toy Jaguar Land Rover over a range of different surfaces, and get hands-on with gear sets to find out how they work.
Engineering –  to explore different types of engineering and what it involves, then take part in a lively game of ‘Runaround’ to try and identify different types of engineers.
‘Engenious’ Team Challenge – a practical task challenging pupils to work in teams to build a working model from three different build options. They’ll need to choose their product, calculate the cost of production and work together to build their model within a fixed timescale –and compete to be the first team to complete the task!

At Jaguar Land Rover automation and robots are key to the running of the factory and production demands.

The real robots session introduces the importance of these subjects and gives pupils the opportunity to get involved in a range of practical tasks to bring the curriculum to life.

What will they do?

Why use Robots and automation – what are the reasons we use robots and how do they benefit production.

Become a robot – one of your team will be a robot and how to act exactly how they have been programmed by the rest of the group.

Robots Team Challenge – a practical task challenging pupils to work in teams to build a working robot. They’ll need to plan the task, calculate cost, choose the best methods to pick up the parts –and compete to be the first team to complete the task!

At Jaguar Land Rover the factory is designed to be the most energy and sustainable it possibly can be. We recycle, we reuse, we reduce.

The EMC Environmental session introduces the importance of these subjects and gives pupils the opportunity to get involved in a range of practical tasks to bring the curriculum to life.

What will they do?

EMC Energy efficiency – investigate how the factory saves energy from solar to heat, and how do we re use energy

How can you help the planet – Look at how you can save energy and recycle at school and at home. How Electrical cars and future technology could help.

Environmental Team Challenge – a practical task challenging pupils to work in teams and use their energy efficiency knowledge to build a working model engine within a fixed timescale and budget, whilst aiming to be the first team to complete the challenge.

Key Stage 3

Workshops for Key Stage 3 are designed to inspire pupils to think about the subjects they will choose to study at GCSE.
Working for Jaguar Land Rover doesn’t mean having to be an engineer – the company offers employment opportunities in a wide range of disciplines in the UK and beyond.
Workshops on offer include:

  • Inspiring Careers – exploring career options and talking to current staff about their roles
  • Real-world Maths – solving work-related problems using maths skills.
  • Women in Engineering – exploring career options and progressions routes in the industry
  • Engenious team challenge, designed to improve pupils’ their teamwork, communication and planning skills, and their understanding of LEAN manufacturing . Teams will compete to build a model engine to a set standard by a given deadline.
  • Rise of the robots – Looking at how robots build the engines and how to program them
  • Sustainability STEM  – To understand sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations.

Workshops can be tailored to the school’s individual curriculum needs if required.

In the ever-changing world that new technologies create, companies like Jaguar Land Rover need enquiring minds that can think beyond the ‘here and now’ and push the boundaries of what the automotive industry can achieve.

The Inspiring Careers workshop gives pupils the opportunity to explore the many career options available within the company – from accountants to marketeers and network technicians to warehouse managers – and talk to current staff about their roles and responsibilities and progression opportunities within the organisation.

Pupils will also get the chance to find out about the qualifications the company looks for in specific roles and get sign-posted to college courses that will give them the skills they need for their future career.

With the aim of completing an engine build every 38 seconds, and with most individual tasks in the factory taking an average of 35 seconds to achieve, top-notch maths skills are essential for a successful career at Jaguar Land Rover.

Maths is used every day, in every department – from analysing materials in the on-site laboratories, and measuring and checking machine co-ordinates, to making sure the on-site canteens have enough supplies to cater for their staff.

The Real-world maths workshop will give pupils the opportunity to contextualise their maths skills by taking part in a practical activity to calculate the volume of engines built at the site, understand product scheduling and production line capacity, and how the company ensures an efficient workflow, as well as solving a range of work-related problems such as job costing and supplier selection.

Engineering industry has traditionally been a male-dominated industry.

The Women in Engineering workshop aims to challenge and change perceptions of the role of women in engineering and encourages pupils to consider engineering and manufacturing as a future career.

Pupils will look at how their skills can be applied and developed to meet the demands of the engineering industry and the opportunities that this will present, get hands-on in a practical activity such has building engines or measuring parts and take part in a Q&A session with current JLR staff from a number of different department

With the aim of completing an engine build every 38 seconds, and with most individual tasks in the factory taking an average of 35 seconds to achieve, a massive part in this is the use of over 200 robots and a content moving production line at Jaguar Land Rover.

Robots work 24/7 and often do dangerous or repetitive jobs, lift heavy loads and undertake precise tasks

The Rise of the robots workshop will give pupils the opportunity to see how robots and automation is becoming key in manufacturing as well as giving them the opportunity to program and test a robot in the safety of the centre This is a unique opportunity and will allow them to see how robots will play a key part in the future.

To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations. The factory was designed to be futureproof and has a few surprises up its sleeves when it comes to being sustainable and energy efficient.

The Sustainability STEM workshop will give pupils the opportunity to see how the factory uses all the latest technology to reduce carbon footprint, to reduce the energy consumption and use renewable energy sources, whilst still running the most modern engine production facility in Europe. They will explore how the motor industry is also gearing up for the future with respect to sustainability and environmental efficiency

Key Stage 4

Workshops for pupils at Key Stage 4 are designed to help them focus on their future careers and their plans for studying or working after completing their GCSEs.
The future of any company will be driven by the possibilities created by new technologies and the workshops will encourage pupils to think creatively and push the boundaries of what is currently deemed possible.
Workshops on offer include:

  • So, you want to be an engineer? – exploring career opportunities in the engineering sector and finding out about the company’s apprenticeship and graduate schemes
  • Business Studies – using practical and organisation skills to find out what’s needed to run a successful business
  • Design Technology – getting hands-on with materials, new technology and processes to inspire and engage.
  • Robotic – Looking at industry 4.0 in the workplace.

The workshop aims to challenge and change perceptions of engineering as a dirty, oily, noisy industry and encourages pupils to consider engineering and manufacturing as a future career.

Pupils will find out about LEAN and clean production processes, look at how their skills can be applied and developed to meet the demands of the engineering industry and the opportunities that this will present, get hands-on in a practical activity and take part in a Q&A session with current JLR staff from a number of different departments.

Business skills are used every day at Jaguar Land Rover – from analysing financial spreadsheets, recruiting staff, organising events and ordering supplies.

The business studies workshop will give pupils the opportunity to find out about the range of job opportunities available in the company, consider the skills that different disciplines may need, and take part in a workforce planning activity to use their practical and organisations skills to find out what’s needed to run a successful business and how to consider external influences to ensure optimum efficiency and costs.

This workshop will demonstrate that product design covers far more than just engines.

Engineers within the company also design and pupils will have the chance to get hands-on in a practical activity  and take part in a Q&A session with current JLR staff from a number of different departments.

The world of Robotics, AI and automation is developing at a rapid pace. The EMC has some state of the art modern equipment and facilities that uses these in all aspect of production. This workshop will look at industry 4.0 in the workplace.

You will have the chance to control and program a robot in your own factory. You will see how the robots make engines and the production line works continuously to meet demand of our engines across the world.

Visit the Centre

School visits to the Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Education Centre can be organised over a half-day or full- day for groups of 15-36 students.

All visits include a tour of the Engine Manufacturing Centre, a range of age-appropriate immersive activities and free teacher places.

Sessions can also be tailored to a school’s individual curriculum needs and transport to and from the centre can be provided if required*

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