1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
In plant I work as an EMT Emissions Analyser Engineer within the Powertrain department at Whitley. When not in plant I am based at Trident Centre, Warwickshire college, to complete foundation degree and foundation competencies.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, I have achieved the first year of my foundation degree and foundation competencies, and have learnt maths, science, automotive engineering, materials, electronics and academic skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy the programme, time spent in plant is usually enjoyed more than college time, as I am immersed into the company rather than learning basic skills at college.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
I feel very valued by Jaguar Land Rover, company staff are very respectful and always interested in what you have to say. College staff are less interested, and treat you like children rather than adults (JLR staff treat us like adults).
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
College organisation is poor, with class sizes too large for classrooms, people on the wrong timetables and subjects, and poor communication skills - timetable communication for example. JLR communication is excellent
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Within lessons at college, support is good, but outside of lesson time, support is poor from the majority of lecturers. Whilst in workshops at college, support is much better, with lecturers available much more frequently.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Employer support is very good, with the company supporting me during a period of absence and training being provided for me from my manager whilst in plant and at college.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Personally, my salary meets my needs very well. I can easily cover my living costs, travel costs (as I lift share), daily costs (such as food and drink) and I still save money at the end of the month.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, we can attend CSR events, which broadcast the apprenticeship opportunities to young adults in secondary schools or colleges. There is often inter site events on within the company.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I am very happy with my apprenticeship and have really enjoyed my first year. Time in plant is spent much more effectively than time in college, and I prefer to me in plant, doing and learning for my actual job, rather than sitting in classrooms in college. The pay is good and the chance to get many qualifications, including a degree, is a great opportunity.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
Prepare well for the application process, and spend as much time as you can on the application forms. Research the company prior to applying, and read reviews of the apprenticeship programme. Background engineering knowledge is not essential, but is preferable.
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