1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Job Role : Maintenance Engineer My role within the company is to make sure that the equipment is functioning are correctly maintained.I work within the new BIW (body in white) facility within Jaguar which involves working with robotics , welding , riveting as well as many other state of the art technologies.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am currently working towards a level 3 NVQ in maintenance.I have learnt a tremendous amount of skills since joining the apprenticeship , coming straight from school into the motor industry , I did not have many skills but over time since doing the job I have learnt and developed many skill sets which help me do my job today.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Within the first year I relatively enjoyed the process but it did not meet up to the expectations I had in mind due to the nature of how our year of apprentices within maintenance were treated in regards to training and how 70% of the experiences we got in the first year at college did not aid us when it came to our actual job role . Since leaving the college I have enjoyed it.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
Within the workplace I feel valued as an apprentice with recognition from my supervisors as well as getting treated how I would expect to be treated.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The structure of the program was not very good at all considering it was for a multi billion pound company. Initially we were told that our apprenticeship was going to be three years as they were going to try and speed the process up for 'business requirement'. We were then notified after 2 years that it has changed to four years as they did not believe we would be ready. The training at the first year within the college was not up to standard and when we made this clear it took a long time for anything to be sorted out and when we did get the correct tutors we had to rush our learning as it was nearing the end of our academic studies. When I had left the college and began working within the factory , communication was very minimal regarding the apprenticeship and limited additional training was given to which it was of poor standard.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Not much from at all as the workload was too much for the training provider and not many opportunities were given to us to resolve issues we had regarding any training.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Not much with people involved within the apprenticeship with no opportunities or any point of contact but a lot of support within the general workplace.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I can not complain when it comes to the salary as it is above sufficient and covers my travel costs as I have to travel a fair bit to and from work and also covers any social cost and living costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are multiple activities which the company involves themselves with which we ourselves can get involved with which include leisure activities and company events.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because it is a good way to start a career with a competitive salary package as well as having the opportunities to progress within the company and opens up many doors.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
The tips I would give to others is that you need to be confident and keen to learn as the whole apprenticeship itself is based off learning and developing a new set of skills to be utilised within the workplace.
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