1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
First year is going to college full time, with block releases to plant. Second year is more plant based, where we will be in our job roles that were allocated in the beginning of the first year, however we will still attend college weekly (normally two days). Years 3 onwards include us working full time in our job roles, with block release to University, where we will be studying towards our sponsored degree in Applied Engineering.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, I have developed skills in my essay writing, also there is a lot of help and training provided within maths and engineering based subjects, which is key for people without backgrounds in the trade.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme thoroughly, it is always better in our work placements, however I feel that will wear off when we are there full time. You are also in the apprenticeship with like-minded people, which normally proves to be very helpful.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
The company keeps us in the loop at all times with current events, also there is a sense of pride from managers that we talk to when we tell them that we are the new apprentice intake. This is very boosting for morale.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is well structured, however the organisation within the college is not always spot on, however this is to be expected when there is over 200 of us within the college that all require organisation.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Support is always there for us, and we all know where to turn to, and which tutors to turn to when we require assistance. We have always been told to be open and frank with them, and they will support us however.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The employer is very helpful, when Dr's appointments are needed, if evidence is provided then they are understanding. WBLMs are also very helpful and understanding, and are always there to turn to when we need assistance. They are like the go-between between the apprenticeship and the business.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is great, and the pay rises prove to be promising, however we have not yet received one. It covers my costs for petrol and savings, my daily commute is a 50 mile round trip.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
The opportunities outside of work are there, however they are not handed to you on a plate. We are expected to look for them for ourselves and nominate ourselves forward. We also don't get wind of much whilst we are at college, which isn't ideal.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
At JLR there is a common feeling of the apprentices being respected, there is no "tea/coffee making" when in plant, and we are expected to work as an integrated member of the team when in plant. This is great as it gives us hands on experience, whilst working towards our sponsored degree.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
If joining the company, then be prepared to work hard and get used to the long days! It's probably how its meant to be in the real world though. The application process is tedious but worth it in the end and the company really values promotion and movement within, so don't worry if you don't get into your first choice department.
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