1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
On a day to day basis I work in the Cost engineering department, I have my own projects to work on and get involved in company wide initiatives. I'm responsible for my own time, etc and feel trusted within the organisation.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I complete a foundation degree in engineering, foundation competencies and I'm participating in the trailblazer scheme. Not just this we have the opportunity to complete multiple internal and external training courses - I have recently been on a negotiation training course which is nationally recognised and looks great on my CV. All of my managers are very supportive of this additional training.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the time in work more than the time in college, the college can be a little mundane where as work is much more varied. That said the working day is long because of commuting times so can reduce enjoyment. It has generally been as I expected an apprenticeship to be.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
I feel extremely valued by the business, a real team member. The projects I work on/ deliver are shared with senior directors and I'm often involved / invited to team costing events.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme, from a work prospective is very well organised - I rotate around departments and get a broad overview of the business and it's functions. However the learning in the first two years has been a little bumpy with some timetabling issues. I hear that it improves when we move into the university phase.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We have a work based manager who interacts between our line manager and college/university and this is great, she always tries her best to help support our learning/work balance - raising concerns we have.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Jaguar Land Rover generally offer good support, especially through our line managers. We get time in work to complete assignments and we have 1:1 reviews to ensure we meet our objectives and develop to our full potential.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary at Jaguar Land Rover is competitive and as such covers all associated costs well. The costs of living near to my main office is high but I have chosen to commute. Having an apprenticeship here has enabled me to buy my own home.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There often departmental activities to take part in, these include paint balling and go karting. Not just this, there is an onsite gym and many wider social group to get involved in.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a growing business producing exciting products and it's great to be part of it. The apprenticeship is challenging but you get a lot out of it; a full applied engineering degree, corporate personal development & a good salary.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
Ensure that your honest with yourself and don't try and be anyone your not. The process includes psychometric tests and an assessment centre with interview so I would advise anyone to get some interview experience and ensure they practice psychometric tests.
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