1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Model Maker/ CNC Machinist/ NC Programmer My job role has had a large amount of variation and still does, I am continuing to learn and will do so for many years to come. I am given a large amount of responsibility and the help of my co-workers has always been there.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a huge amount of skills that I will use and many that I wont. In the first year I attended college full time to complete a national diploma in Engineering, this gave me the basic knowledge that helped when I entered the workplace. The majority of skills I have learned at work, unfortunately college was very unrelated to my job role and for some reason in my 3rd and 4th year I completed a City and Guilds which was a replica of the diploma. This was unnecessary and I should have been given a higher qualification or something of more use
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed the programme, and I enjoy work.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
Not very, in the first year and when we first joined we were often told that the skys the limit within Jaguar, that they were looking for ambitious driven people. In my experience after the first year it was made clear that we were employed to work on shopfloor and stay on shopfloor. I receive little appreciation from management as I believe they are holding me back in terms of progression.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It was structured okay, the teaching and classes were generally okay however we were all seen as one when everyone had very different job roles. My training manager changed 5 times within the programme and I believe you should be assigned one throughout so that you have someone you can relay information to you.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
They give you a lot of support to ensure that you get through however when it comes to trying to further yourself i dont believe this was the greatest. My training manager has been supportive and I think that having one is important.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My management haven't always given me the required support and I have been left to do things for myself. The general attitude towards supporting me has been good however again they have held me back when applying for a degree and such.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is very good and the rate for stage system works well
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Throughout our apprenticeship we are asked to attend CSR events to promote the apprenticeship. Outside of that there has been little opportunity
9. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend?
It is a great place to work providing you have the correct aspirations.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover?
It is a great place to work and you gain fantastic experience however the higher apprentices have stopped any chance of you progressing if you had a desire to. The application process is not clear on this however it is still a fantastic company to work for and you can gain some high quality experience
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