1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work in Electrical Integration. Daily my role varies depending upon the phase of the programme I am working on. Roles can range from design and construction of electrical test rigs (labcars) to track side support for any electrical / software issues that may arise during manufacturing.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have further developed my programming skills through daily work. I have achieved a number of PEO qualifications during my first year of the apprenticeship which gave me the hands on skills required to go into an engineering environment.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my job greatly and being part of delivering a final product to a customer and seeing that product on the road gives me a great sense of pride in my work.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
To an extent yes. Many managers within the company seem to recognise the value added by apprentices to the company. As a result, I have not felt talked down to by anyone since beginning the scheme.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Organisation has been quite erratic as my group is one of the first to go through this specific programme. However, overall we've achieved everything intended within a reasonable time frame.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
On average 1 meeting every 6 weeks, to check up on work and study progress. However, if issues arise this can be scheduled more frequently if needed. I've not yet required additional support so can;t fully comment on that side.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Any issues I have within work are quickly and directly addressed. When needed I have support from my management, they have been very understanding around university and study considerations.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Towards the start of the programme, I imagine some may struggle financially. I however, lived at home so this was not an issue for me. However, as the programme progresses and pay increases, you are soon on a very competitive wage, out earning the average graduate after 2 years.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, but these are typically organised by apprentices themselves opposed to the apprenticeship team within the company. As of yet, no external events other than CSR events have been made available to us.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a great chance to gain experience in industry and a very competitive package. I believe I have a significant edge over graduates of my age, even though I do not yet have a full degree as most apprentices are able to demonstrate a number of engineering competencies that graduates cannot (demonstrated on a number of occasions). If placed in manufacturing areas, manufacturing experience can be widely transferable to other industries.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
Take your time on the initial application forms, they seem to be one of the most important parts of the application process as during interviews, what I had written in these forms was discussed in detail.
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