1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am training to be a maintenance technician where i am based in the press shop. My daily tasks are to run and maintain an AIDA servo mechanical press. breakdowns can range from PLC faults to mechanical or hydraulic.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
i have learnt a vast new range of skills in which i have also developed on skills which have helped me hugely outside of work also. It has developed the way in which i interect with people both in and outside of work. i have been sent on training courses such as ABB robotics course which has helped me with my day to day job.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I can honestly say i do enjoy coming to work where every day i am learning something new or am being pushed to go that extra mile. In terms of expectations i feel i have achieved what i have been set to do but only in the past 12 months.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
i would say the first 2 & a half years of my apprenticeship i did not feel valued. i felt more of a burden and i felt i was slacking. After brief words with collegues and my supervision i was pushed to achieve what i was set out to do and i have not looked back since.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
i would say i did not feel the college side of my apprenticeship was not as structured as i would have hoped and felt there was not enough practical tasks where i feel i do learn the most at. However, at work i have been given projects and training courses to get me where they want me to be.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My training manager is always there on hand when i have questions regarding my NVQ and i have support from colleagues when i need guidance on a job etc.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
i feel i have tremendous support from my manager and my mentor as if i ever have a problem they are always on hand for me to discuss and learn in the way i feel i will learn best.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I earn a salary which i feel gives me the chance to live a life with no worries and able to fulfill my hopes and dreams. the location is brilliant for me as i only live several miles from where i am based.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Recently i went on a skiing course which JLR paid the majority to through the ELS scheme. I also used the ELS scheme for my driving lessons which were also paid for which have helped me tremendously.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because i feel going through the apprenticeship with JLR has helped shaped my life into where i want it to be and made me into the person i am today. It has taught me problem solving, and teamwork.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
I found standing out from the crowd and being vocal helped me during the assessment days. Displaying your problem solving skills also help and show that you can be a team player.
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