1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a first year apprentice I spend my first year at college. This involves 2 days of workshop learning skills in turning, milling, fitting, engine stripping ect which will aid us in our job roles in plant. The other 3 days are spent studying for a foundation degree. The foundation degree will act as the equivilant to the first year of our degree. I have found the experience very positive as everything we learn is relivant to when we start work in the company.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, coming from an Alevel background I have never had to use the skills that we have learnt in the workshop. All the workshop staff are extremely good in teaching the skills to begineers. In the degree foundation subjects I have developed my maths to a higher level and have also learnt how to reference and set out assignments properly. I found everything I have learn very rewarding.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy being a Jaguar Land Rover apprentice. I am extremely proud to be part of 2015s degree apprenticeship and enjoy being put to the challenge in all espects of the course. I am also looking forward to the next few years when I will be working in the plant.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
Yes. I was choosen to be put forward for a school leavers award due to my hard work at JLR. I feel like JLR notice hard workers and I feel privilege to be choosen. I have also been asked to join a team in order to improve the course at JLR for apprentices. I feel like my point of view is valued and taken on board.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The course is fairly structured. However JLR are decreasing the programme by a year so certain things this year and next year may not run as smoothly. I do feel like the materials given to us and the lessons we have are structed and organised.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The teachers at college offer support in assignments and help when revising for tests. They always do there best in supports each apprentice and the comments that they leave on work show how each apprentive can improve. I do feel supported at college.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I am in close contact with my work based learning manager who keeps me up to date with both JLR plant and college. He offers me support throughout the course as well as pastoral support if I was to need it.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary is very generous. From coming in from A Levels I did not expect the pay to be as good as it is. I have been able to buy myself a new car and move out all in the last 6 months due to the pay.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are opportunities ouside work in the CSR events which is presenting the apprenticeship and adverting it to others. The apprentice forum also set up social or charity events for apprentices to attend.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I love my apprenticeship and would encourage anyone who is interested to follow the pathway I have taken as it is an amazing opportunity; getting a degree and getting paid good money.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
Be yourself. The online tests are chalenging but I think that they look for certain traits in a person before accepting them in. The course is hard to get on due to the high numbers applying so think of something that makes you stand out from the crowd!
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