JAGUAR Land Rover has hired the first of the next generation of electronics and software engineering geniuses via its code-breaking recruitment challenge within the Gorillaz app.
Daniel Dunkley, a 23-year-old from Gloucester, is the first successful code-breaker to join JLR and will start work on October 2 as a software engineer in Gaydon, Warwickshire.
Having left school at 16, he was latterly working as a controls engineer at a quarry. His coding and software skills are completely self-taught from an early interest in playing computer games at home with his older brother.
Dunkley, pictured at top with Gorillaz guitarist and JLR ambassador Noodle, said: ‘I’m overwhelmed by how much has happened in the last two months. I read about the coding challenge set by Jaguar Land Rover and Gorillaz and decided to have a go. 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.
‘I was thrilled when they offered me a job! My dad drives a Land Rover Defender, so I have always been a fan. I can’t believe I may now get to work on the next-generation Defender!’
JLR head of electrical engineering Alex Heslop said: ‘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.
‘We don’t do ordinary, and that means hiring extraordinary people. Jaguar Land Rover makes some of the world’s most exciting cars and it needs brilliant people to create them.’
Gorillaz and JLR will continue the search for world-class talent at JLR’s inaugural Tech Fest event, taking place at London’s Central Saint Martins art, design and technology college from September 8 to 10.
Anyone unable to make it to Tech Fest can complete the coding challenge on the Gorillaz app and go straight to interview. The code-breaking puzzle tests real-world skills that the new generation of software and engineering talent must have.
So far, almost 400,000 people have downloaded the Gorillaz app. Of the 41,000 who have taken the challenge, almost 500 cracked the code.
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