- Jaguar Land Rover is sponsoring the UK Team at the 2016 Invictus Games
- The Invictus Games is a sporting event for wounded, injured and sick serving personnel and veterans
- Trials for the UK Team start today
- Jaguar Land Rover has hired over 200 former servicemen and women since 2013 as part of the company’s support for the Armed Forces community
- Three veterans on the Jaguar Land Rover work placement scheme for those injured in service are taking part in the trials
(29 January 2016). Jaguar Land Rover is proud to announce its sponsorship of the UK Team at the 2016 Invictus Games. The company will provide financial and logistical support via a fleet of vehicles, while the UK Team will wear the Jaguar Land Rover brand on their competition kit. Jaguar Land Rover has already pledged to be Presenting Partner of the 2016 Invictus Games following its successful support of the inaugural 2014 event in London.
The Invictus Games is a multi-sport event that is open to all wounded, injured and sick serving personnel and veterans, it is due to take place for the second time from 8th to 12th May 2016 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. The Invictus Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women.
Jaguar Land Rover has a long history of supporting the British military and continues to demonstrate this through meeting commitments made through its Armed Forces covenant – it has hired more than 200 former servicemen and women since 2013. The company’s initiatives to boost employment for those leaving the Armed Forces include a work placement programme run in conjunction with Mission Motorsport and the Ministry of Defence’s Career Transition Partnership to help wounded, injured and sick former service personnel find a fulfilling second career.
Trials for the 2016 Invictus Games start today at the University of Bath Sports Training Village, with 188 athletes competing in a variety of events in the hopes of being part of the 100-strong UK team. Among them will be three veterans who have been working at Jaguar Land Rover as part of the company’s work placement programme for those injured in service.
Luke Darlington, 27, was injured in service with the Royal Marines, receiving traumatic brain injuries from a hit of shrapnel. He will be taking up a new role in February as a Production Leader at D7a BIW (Body in White) at Jaguar Land Rover Solihull, helping to produce the Jaguar XE sports saloon and the forthcoming Jaguar F-PACE performance crossover. Luke will be trialling for the cycling, indoor rowing and swimming events.
James McGill, 26, of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, was injured by an explosion while on foot patrol in Afghanistan. He received multiple shrapnel and exit wounds to his arms and legs, resulting in nerve reconstruction in his left forearm with the addition of a titanium plate and pins to support bone structure. He is currently employed by Jaguar Land Rover in Non Production Purchasing as a Buyer’s Assistant within the Experiential Marketing & Customer Services department. He will be trialling for a number of Track and Field events, including the 100m, 4 x 100m relay and Discus.
Mat Hancox, 28, of the Royal Marines, received a gunshot wound to the upper chest while acting as point man of a foot patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, resulting in nerve damage to his right arm. Mat is employed as a Facility Supervisor for Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations division. He will be trying out in the Cycling events.
Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director Jeremy Hicks said: “As a proud British brand, Jaguar Land Rover UK is delighted to be supporting the UK Team and continuing our long-standing relationship with many of the competitors. We also look forward to forming new relationships and supporting those who are using the power of sport to help their recovery.”
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About Jaguar Land Rover
- Over the past five years, Jaguar Land Rover has doubled sales and employment, more than tripled turnover, and invested over £11 billion in new product creation and capital expenditure.
- Recently named by Bloomberg as 'Best UK Employer 2016', Jaguar Land Rover has a global workforce of 37,000 people, of whom 35,000 are in the UK, making the company the largest employer in the UK automotive sector.
- Jaguar Land Rover supports around 224,000 additional UK jobs through its dealerships, suppliers and local businesses.
- In November 2015 the company announced that it will double investment in its engine plant near Wolverhampton to almost £1 billion - the largest injection into a new British manufacturing plant in decades creating several hundred new jobs.
- Jaguar Land Rover is one of the UK's largest exporters and generates over 80% of its revenue from exports.
About Jaguar Land Rover's support of military veterans
- An Armed Forces Covenant is a written and publicised voluntary pledge from businesses and charitable organisations who wish to demonstrate their concrete support for the Armed Forces community. Jaguar Land Rover signed its Covenant in July 2014.
- Since 2013 Jaguar Land Rover has hired some 200 former servicemen and servicewomen, working closely with the Career Transition Partnership, the Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) official provider of Armed Forces resettlement. 100 of the veterans have been employed over the past year.
- The company has a growing number of initiatives, including a work placement scheme, launched in October 2014 in conjunction with the Ministry of Defence's Career Transition Partnership (Assist) and Mission Motorsport - The Armed Forces' Motorsport Charity. The scheme helps wounded, injured and sick veterans find a fulfilling and long-term second career. To date, 17 placements have been run, leading to 13 full-time jobs at Jaguar Land Rover and its suppliers.
About Mission Motorsport
- The Forces' Motorsport Charity, whose motto is "Race Retrain Recover" is MoD's competent authority for motor sport as a recovery activity, and is a Royal Foundation (the charitable trust of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry) initiative, supported by Help For Heroes and Walking with the Wounded charities.
- As part of the MoD's Career Transition Partnership, the charity helps those leaving the military to find employment in the automotive industry. A City and Guilds training provider, Mission Motorsport's Training Wing delivers Level 3 Diploma courses and full apprenticeships which allow service leavers to bridge the gap between military service and second careers as civilians, beyond injury.
- The charity's dedicated career managers have placed over 48 Wounded, Injured and Sick into employment since the Invictus Games in September 2014. Further detail can be found at www.missionmotorsport.org
About Invictus Games
- Jaguar Land Rover was proud to be the Presenting Partner for the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014, the international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women that used the power of sport to inspire recover, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country.
- The Games, which generated a high level of public interest, saw 400 wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women – serving and veteran – from around the world competing in nine sports.
- 150 Jaguar Land Rover employees volunteered.
- Jaguar Land Rover will once again be Presenting Partner at the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida, as well as supporting the UK Team.
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