1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a first year student I attend college on a daily basis, I complete both practical and theory lessons in a term based format, I am given a timetable for each term and will complete assessments and assignments based upon this timetable. I have no real responsibilities other than completing work to a high standard, as my company expects a high standard of work.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt lots of new skills, before starting the apprenticeship I had no idea how to use a milling machine or lathe, my practical skills were minimal but over my time here I have learnt many skills that will benefit me both in my work life and personal life, I have refreshed my existing maths and physics knowledge as it has been 10 years since i left secondary school, and the format was easy enough to follow to not get left behind.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy this program, I feel that I am being developed well and have good support from the apprentice team at college, my work place is also highly involved in my training and expect feedback from myself on how I am getting along, the people that I come to college with can be frustrating at time but this is due to their own lack of motivation, and I don't let this affect me.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
Very, I feel that they are putting a lot of time into ensuring that I am developed properly through college, they are concerned with any issues that I raise with them and always try to reach a resolution, they push us to excel and look for ways of our excellence to be recognized.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Overall it is very well structured, we have had enough time designated to complete all of the tasks, the only issue that has arisen has been due to the trailblazer paperwork for my apprenticeship being delayed, although this is not the colleges fault, and they have adapted to the requirements needed very quickly, the lecturers are overall very well organised and will feedback to you very quickly.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive a lot of support from my training provider, they ensure that any issues I have are dealt with swiftly, this is also the same with my industrial training manager, he ensures that any issues with my own performance are dealt with quickly, and he ensures any issues I raise are also dealt with.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a lot of support from my employer, they hold feedback sessions when we are on site during half terms, they look at areas that we aren't covering at college to better improve our training in the time to come at plant and in college, they have tailored our scheme to maximize our learning.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Very well, I am on more than i expected and with a 10% raise every 6 months I know that in a years time I will be earning what I was at my old place of work, and as an apprentice this is very pleasing, there is no opportunity for overtime in the first year but in the second year we can do overtime which is very nice.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes there are lots of opportunities outside work, JLR are involved with community projects and with the territorial army, they encourage interaction with the community and are always looking for volunteers to go to events and they are open to suggestions to events that they will support.
9. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend?
A fantastic employer, they pay a great wage for apprentices, they also provide opportunities to go onto a degree path from the advance path that I am on, they encourage hard work, and reward innovation, plant is a great environment and can provide a welcome break from college, although college must be taken advantage of to gain the knowledge to advance in this way.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover?
Work hard, show that you are willing to engage in activities in your own time, do a course to show you are willing to expand your knowledge base in your own time, as i gained qualifications at evening school whilst at my own job, don't be afraid to speak up in interviews and be confident, be keen to engage in group activities and know that JLR are a great company to work for and worth putting the effort in to get a career wit them.
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