1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a first year apprentice I currently spend all my time in college, and occasionally spend time in placement in my job role in virtual engineering to gain an idea of what I'll be doing in the future.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
As a result of the training i've received so far, i have learnt skills in automotive mechanics, as well as welding and technical drawing skills. Also thanks to opportunities given to us as apprentices by jaguar land rover, i have started learning to drive, and soon hope to have passed my test.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Whilst the days are quite long, and the work sometimes difficult, the support offered to us by both mentors and tutors helps make the time a bit easier, and the social aspect of the apprenticeship program with other apprentices is greatly enjoyable, and the learning opportunities in my opinion are almost unparalleled as the development from the program is already noticeable.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
As an apprentice we are told on a regular basis how we are the future of the company, and that we are filling a need the company has for talented young people, which would make anyone feel valued. Also some of the work done on placements can actually contribute to company efforts, which makes me personally feel valued that my work genuinely has an impact on the business.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The apprenticeship is very well structured, in everything being meticulously planned out, and everything scheduled to be done on and by certain dates, and feedback being given always in a timely manner, however, whilst the planning of the scheme is very good, occasionally communication of what is going on can be a little late, but generally communication is otherwise good, and everything well structured.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We have regular meetings and reviews with our training providers to check on our progress with our training and to ensure we aren't struggling, feeling uncomfortable, or have any complains about our tutors or training, so the support is definitely there.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There is also a lot of support from our employer as well in terms of help with studies, any work we do within placements, as well as external opportunities provided by the company which are almost too good to pass up.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Incredibly well, the jaguar land rover higher apprentice salary is one of the highest apprenticeship wages in the country, at about £18k there's not exactly anything to complain about there. Also as a reward for good progress and behavior there is something called rate for stage payment raise that means if you are doing well, you get rewarded with twice annual pay rises up to a point where you reach your maximum wage for your level in the company.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
yes as i have already stated, there is something called the employee learning scheme, that allows employees to learn new skills outside of the company for personal development reasons, I personally have been using them for driving lessons to help me pass my driving test.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
There's no reason not too, it's a great opportunity, and as apprentices in jaguar land rover we get very well looked after, and it's just over all a great start to life and a brilliant way to get training and further education qualifications.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
don't hesitate to apply, even if you think you'll never make the cut, I had very much the same attitude when applying, and just did it to say i had something planned for further education, and it turned out to be the best thing i've ever done, so what are you waiting for?! In term of assessment days, interviews, and the application process as a whole it was all very easy, and in terms of advice if you're applying, just be yourself, that's what they're really looking for, people who are willing to learn and are shaping their future, and just being responsible for themselves. So my advice, just do it, and just be you, what's the worst that can happen at the end of the day?
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