1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a maintenance apprentice, and this involves training on robotics, automation, PLC use and diagnostics. It is our job to assist the skilled members of the team, and also to pick up information from them about the equipment, based on their experience.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
i Have developed los of skills, the main skill: being able to relax, you dont understand the true meaning of relaxed until you have worked extremely hard for very long hours, as our job quite often requires
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The programme itself and the planning/ organisation of it, is not great. however I am loving being on a Jaguar Land Rover apprenticeship.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
I Feel extremely valued by the team of co-workers that i work alongside, however I feel like a hindrance to the apprentice team.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Initially the structure was great, first 12 months at college, but it became apparent that when we came on site, these skills were not very relevant, and the skills we would need were a lot more demanding on us. so although we had been given key base knowledge, we were still left lacking certain crucial knowledge. which i have had to pick up from the job. something some apprentices seem to struggle with.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
we have changed training providers, but so far they have been great, but we thought it was great with our previous providers until it became apparent they had not been doing what they should have to push us towards passing our course
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We all receive a lot of support from JLR, which is excellent, as they have made us feel needed, which is more than just feeling wanted.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
to begin with it only just covered it, however now it is certainly more than adequate, once shifts are added on top.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
yes, I have had a lot of interest from various companies outside of work, based on outside jobs that I have done.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
the company itself is a fabulous company to work for, however i would not recommend the apprentice scheme, based on my experience.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
Be yourself, remain calm, if you do not know answers to questions during the application process DO NOT answer them, as wrong answers are marked badly against you.
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