1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an Apprentice Intrumentation Engineer which works in prototype vehicle operations. Daily tasks consist of discussing jobs with engineers from customer departments. It is then my role to put together a job card and source Instrumentation equipment to kit a car out with temperature, measure and flow etc measurements. These measurements are then used to gather important test data for engineers to use for product development. I have many responsibilities (as many as any other engineer) but am supported if there is anything I require assistance with! I get involved with various research projects and also undergo my own projects as part of my degree programme so this can get me an insight into other areas of the business.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Gained Foundation Degree in Engineering, Working towards a BEng in Applied Engineering through the University of Warwick and also completing NVQ level 3 and 4. Through my job role I have been on Hybrid vehicle training courses as well as completing many in house training sessions on our equipment.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Really enjoy the variety of the job role as has a reactive nature and fault finding when things don't all go to plan. The team I work with are all friendly and always happy to assist if anything is needed! The company culture encourages growth and is fully supportive of training.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
Feel extremely valued at jaguar land rover both by immediate management and upper management when completing various tasks outside of my job role. Reward and recognition is provided when you complete something to a high standard or out of the ordinary on a project so hard work is rewarded.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Well organised induction with a good deal of info to help with department choices etc. Training was reasonably well organised and now at University of Warwick, the programme is running extremely smoothly. The apprenticeship runs an Industrial training manager (ITM) system which is effective as discuss work and study and also assist with NVQ's etc.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
As discussed above, an ITM is assigned to every apprentice who ensures training is going well and is on track. Any problems then can pass on to them and they will find an answer.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Manager is very supportive in my apprenticeship and allows me time to complete both work and study. Is supportive in terms of allowing me to see other sides of the business to gain a better business understanding.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Salary is excellent and increases with training. Meets all costs (living, travel, social etc) and allows you to save if you want to.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are various groups ran through work and there is a gym and sports facilities at my site.
9. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend?
Excellent company to work for with massive capabilities to improve yourself and succeed.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover?
There are 4-5 core competencies which are given to you on the apprentice website. Really try and get these across at every stage of your application process.
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