1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role in the business is to sew and trim prototype interiors for up and coming shows. Daily tasks will include cutting leather, sewing materials together and trimming them to different sorts of parts. We work towards design reviews in my department which means we all must get work done for them, i will be put on different projects each review.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Since starting in the trim shop i have learnt how to use a sewing machine and how to trim parts such as seats. I am always putting my skills to good use, and complete each task to the best of my ability. I have been placed with a mentor to assist me in jobs i may not feel comfortable with.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I work with the best team, work is always shared out evenly and i never dread coming to work. I didnt know what to expect when i joined the apprenticeship however it has never disappointed me, i got placed in a great area and i enjoy every day.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
I have meetings with my manager frequently to see how i am getting on and if i would like to do certain types of work or if im finding anything hard. I feel i am valued when working in a team, everyone working in the projects use their skills to all work together and involve everyone.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Unfortunately as their is a lack of trimming qualifications, i have not been able to do a qualification in sewing ect, however the apprenticeship are aware of this and are actively looking for new courses so when new apprentices come into the area they may have a more relevant course to do at college. I have frequent meetings with my training manager to see how i am getting on and if i have any problems.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Whether it be at college or work i always receive supports whether it be off my manager or my training manager. If i have any problems, i know i can go to either manager depending on relevance. JLR have got a very good structure for support management with apprentices.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
When it comes to work based support i have been placed with a mentor to assist me on jobs which i am not too sure about and just generally to work with. My manager set this up which is a brilliant idea as if i have any immediate queries about the job then i can ask him. My manager is also there if i have any problems with anything. There is only positive attitude towards support in the trim shop.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The apprenticeship pays very well, it gives me an incentive to work hard for the company. It covers my bills, petrol and daily costs. I am very lucky to be paid so much. Also if you complete all of your college work and you are doing generally good on the apprenticeship you get a pay rise every 6 months which is more of an incentive.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
As my team at work are very close, we socialise outside of work quite a lot. We often sign up for voluntary activities in the local area to help do DIY or gardening ect. My team at work are also involved with all doing a sign language course funded by the company, this is to help enable us to talk to someone in our department who is deaf.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
This company is a very good company to work for and be an apprentice at, everyone gets treated as an a equal. Not only does the company pay very well but they also incorporate your needs into your daily working lives.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
I completed tasks such as 'The Challenge' and the 'Duke of Edinburgh' awards which help during the application process because it shows you're able to work in a team and outside of your natural environment. As an apprentice you go through many assessment days and interviews so it is working planning ahead and taking your time.
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