Coders crack their way to a job at Jaguar Land Rover

Over 500 individuals have been successful so far at cracking the codes in a Jaguar Land Rover recruitment challenge.

Following the recent code-breaking recruitment challenge hosted on a pioneering “mixed-reality” mobile application in partnership with Grammy Award-winning virtual band Gorillaz, Jaguar Land Rover has hired an initial batch of 13 electronics and software engineers.

Daniel Dunkley, a 23-year-old from Gloucester, UK, is the first successful code-breaker to join Jaguar Land Rover.

Having left school at 16 and working as a controls engineer at a local quarry, Dunkley’s coding and software skills are completely self-taught from an early interest in playing computer games at home with his older brother.

He will start work on 2 October as a software engineer at Jaguar Land Rover in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

"I'm overwhelmed by how much has happened in the last two months,” said Dunkley, who found out about the coding challenge after BBC News.

“We did the interview by Google Chat, then I was invited to Gaydon to talk about my new job. It completely blew me away that I didn't have to fill out any application forms.”

So far, almost 400,000 people have downloaded the Gorillaz app. Of the 41,000 who have attempted the challenge, over 500 have cracked the code.

Of the 500 who have cracked the code, 13 have been recruited so far, said Alex Heslop, Head of Electrical Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover.

“We are continuing to interview those who crack the code that are interested in a job at Jaguar Land Rover. The global search for talent continues,” said Heslop. 

"Daniel is exactly the kind of person we need. Technology companies like Jaguar Land Rover provide an exciting opportunity for the brightest and best. We want to attract top-notch talent in software, cyber systems, app development and graphics,” he added.

Jaguar Land Rover, alongside Gorillaz, will continue the search for world-class talent at Jaguar Land Rover's inaugural Tech Fest event, from 8-10 September at London's Central Saint Martins art, design and technology college.

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