To mark the end of their time with Jaguar Land Rover, over 200 undergraduates have built and donated bikes to local youth charities.
Over 200 Jaguar Land Rover undergraduates from across the UK finished their placements with JLR recently in style. During the event, undergraduates worked in teams and built bikes as a team-building exercise. The stylish BMX bikes were safety checked by professionals at the end of the session and have been donated to various charities local to Jaguar Land Rover sites.
Early Careers Consultant Hayley Mccarthy said: “The conference is the final stage of our undergraduate curriculum and participants must use all the knowledge and experience they’ve gained over the placement to benefit the local community. The Learning and Development team work exceptionally hard on this project and take great pride in the benefits for our undergraduates and the local community. It's one of the highlights of our year, knowing we make a difference and bring smiles to the faces of young people.”
The Solihull plant donated bikes to local children’s charity Mad Hatter's, which supports children with special educational needs and disabilities by creating magical and inclusive events. Solihull Plant Quality Undergraduate Blaine McSweeney, who built one of the bikes said: “My team really enjoyed the task-based problem solving involved in this project and it is great to know the bikes will make a massive impact on young people in our local community. I felt proud to meet the team from Mad Hatter’s and find out how they will benefit the children they work with”. Stephen Goldstein from Mad Hatters added: “We are really grateful to the undergraduates for these bikes, I know the children will love using them whilst building their confidence in cycling proficiency.”
Halewood Operations donated bikes to Butterflies, a local charity project which helps children and others affected by bereavement or other forms of loss such as divorce and family separation.
Remaining bikes were also donated to Inclusive Sports in Birmingham and Birmingham Wheels for use in holiday clubs and bike lessons for young people - including those with learning disabilities.
Five young people supported by NSPCC’s Boole House in Coventry including those in care and experiencing a family bereavement received bikes and Gaydon charity Molly Olly Wishes and Wolverhampton charity Promise Dreams received bikes which will be donated to children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses.