By coincidence I was accepted into Land Rover's graduate scheme circa 1987 [then under ARG i think] and was all set to move to Solihull. Some looming recession pressure caused a panic and they closed the scheme and slashed the apprentice intake. Gave us three months wages to go away. I did a Masters instead, went back to the steelworks in Sheff and upped my TA commitments. It had settled down by '90 and all their graduate schemes reorganised under ARG as a single point of entry - then lo and behold they shut it again in a panic in '91[drift]
I attempted to join "Austin-Rover" a couple of times during its evolution, and was eventually successful in being selected . . . after a VERY exhaustive selection process, held at their own "Country Manor". It had a couple of new steel pyramid conference rooms, in front of the house ?!
PM sent, to spare everyone else the details of my employment history .