Development Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover

Start Date:
Gaydon West Midlands
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£25,000 annually
Review Date:
July 2015

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


My role is a chassis development engineer, this requires me to liase with suppliers and get the most out of the money we are spending with them. We also must fix quality issue that often occur and come to a root cause to ensure we prevent it happening in the future models we develop.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


My inter-personal skills have improved since joining this apprenticeship and I feel that my technical knowledge of components within a vehicle chassis has been widely improved also.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy this programme to the full extent. Every day brings new issues and tasks which need to be resolved with a certain time constraint which often puts me under pressure which on helps me to learn more.

4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?


I feel valued at JLR and feel that all engineers here give everyone the equal opportunity to succeed to the full extent. There is plenty of support from the management to progress in your role.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The programme could do with being slightly better organised. Due to the increase of apprentice intakes every year the management can often come across unorganised when a new cohort of apprentices join.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


I receive an ample amount of support from my training provider. He often pushes me to discover different parts of the business which is very helpful as that is what my apprenticeship is all about, learning new things to help me evolve.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


I receive plenty of support from my employer, they are always interested to keep track of my targets and goals with regular meetings to go through this as they also feel motivated to ensure I come out in the end of my apprenticeship as a more rounded engineer.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


I feel the salary and package in general are very good, the pay is very competitive considering what other companies in the automotive sector especially, have to offer, this I would therefore say satisfies me.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


Yes, there are many activities that JLR sponsor and also an ELS scheme which allows you to get a annual sponsor of around £200 to do some sort of traning or something that would at least increase your knowledge in something of your choice, this ranges from bricklaying to rally driving experiences.

9. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend?


9b. Why?

As there is currently a lot of growth happening within JLR at this current time and they are doing very well. There is also alot of interesting projects that are beginning on the back of the huge success of the new range rover models that launched in the last 2 years.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover?

That they should give it a go as there is a lot of opportunities to go where you would like to go within the company. It is important to understand the threats of an automotive company such as China's economy and the effects it has on JLR. This allows employers to see that you have background knowledge of this sector.

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