Jaguar Land Rover Veterans Careers Program Hires 100th Vet

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Newest Hire as Part of Jaguar Land Rover Program is Former Strike Fighter Squadron Service Member

It’s been eight months since Jaguar Land Rover started its Veterans Careers Program, which it says “connects skilled and experienced Transitioning Service Members and Veterans with positions across the Jaguar Land Rover retail network” of 332 U.S. dealerships. Recently, the automaker made its 100th VCP connection.

In the UK, JLR started a similar program in 2014 as part of its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant. The company’s goal was to directly employ Transitioning Service Members, Veterans and Wounded, Ill and Injured talent and to find work for them within its supply chain. It’s done that – more than 200 times.

Jonathan Irby is the newest recruit for JLR’s Veterans Careers Program. The former Navy Petty Officer and F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft mechanic used to lead 20 aviation technicians in the maintenance and repair of combat aircraft in the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA-81) at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. He’s now part of the “JLR Regiment,” a group of ex vets who have an average of more than 10 years of experience, and is “stationed” at the Jaguar Land Rover dealership in Austin, Texas.

According to Jeff Jennings, JLR North America’s Director for Brand Training and Recognition, “The Veterans hired by U.S. retailers through the Jaguar Land Rover Veterans Careers Program display remarkable skill, work ethic, character and loyalty. These new employees with service backgrounds help us ensure we continue to provide an unrivalled experience for our customers as Jaguar Land Rover experiences record growth in the U.S.”

JLR will continue to show its support of Wounded, Ill and Injured Service Members later this year. In late September, it’ll return as a presenting partner of the Invictus Games, which “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.”

If you are or someone you know is a veteran and interested in joining the Jaguar Land Rover Veterans Careers Program, click on this link to learn how to apply to it.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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