1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Test Rig Fitter in Structured Test Labs. I fit machines and car components to be tested and then help set up equipment for engineers to collect data. I haven't started any projects yet as I'm in my first year.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed my engineering understand and know how to use tools in the correct way. I have improved my physics.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the practical aspects the most, workshop days seem the most fun because I am a more practical person. I don't mind the classes because its all relevant to my job role.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
I do feel a certain level of value, however we are looked down on by higher apprentices and the staff also see us as second class apprentices in comparison. I think more should be done to make advanced apprentices feel valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
As an apprentice we are not fully aware of the subjects we will undertake on our chosen pathway until the day we have to begin. Students are expected to be very organised and tutors are very lacking in basic organisation.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I don't feel as if I've needed to get support from the training provider as I'm handling the apprenticeship well. However if I ever did need help I'm sure it would be easily accessible.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We get educated and paid at the same time so they do support us well. The HR department is really good and quick to respond and help us.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I'm a more mature apprentice so I have been struggling to manage but I'm good with money management so can still pay my mortgage. Younger apprentices have a massive disposable income. It is met but met more for some than others.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many opportunities to volunteer and develop yourself. JLR have an Employee learning scheme to help provide further personal development outside of work.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Great company to work for, well looked after, well paid, prestigious company. Haven't got a bad word to say other than go for the higher apprenticeship as you get treated better.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
Jaguar Landrover are looking at behaviours you display, so focus on your attitude to learning and how you treat others. Quality focus is also key, do not write the minimum but don't write useless information. Be a good communicator.
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