1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I spend three days a week on site in plant, and 2 days a week at college in Leamington Spa. At college, one day is spend learning practical workshop skills, while the other is spent completing theoretical work for a B-TEC level 3 extended diploma in engineering. In plant I am currently rotating around the different sub-categories in powertrain, learning about their functions and getting an idea of what goes on. I learn on the job, which is fantastic as I feel like im giving back to the company.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned and developed a vast array of skills since starting my apprenticeship with Jaguar Land Rover. I started out with a very basic knowledge of mechanical engineering, and can now confidently strip and rebuild complete power units and other assemblies. My timekeeping has improved, as well as my maturity and professionalism.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy my apprenticeship. This is mainly because I enjoy learning new skills and improving myself, however it is also because what I am learning is incredibly interesting to me. I work with a group of like minded individuals who are all a pleasure to work with. The college side of the apprenticeship can sometimes become a bit tedious, however thats nothing in the grand scheme of things.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
I feel very well valued by Jaguar Land Rover. I feel looked after, and know that if I ever have any issues or concerns that there is someone who I can speak to or go to for advice. The training team keep a close watch over us to ensure we stay safe at all times, and regular meetings occur to discuss any issues or problems that have arisen to tackle them in a speedy manner.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
In plant, the programme is incredibly well structured and this if followed. We have set dates in which we will change departments and placements. These can sometimes be affected by other projects and jobs, however they are always re-organised in a timely manner if this does occur. College can sometimes be very unstructured, with timetable changes being made on the day with no prior warning, which obviously has a very negative impact on learning, especially when you are still halfway through one part of the course.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive a huge amount of support from my training providers. There are 8 apprentices in my department, and we have three designated trainers supporting us, which is incredibly useful. This really aids in our learning, as we can split off into smaller groups and get a good amount of 1 to 1 training. I also have regular meetings with them to discuss any concerns or problems.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a large amount of support from Jaguar Land Rover, having three designated trainers watching over 8 of us. I feel as though my manager cares for my well being, and always wants the best for me. There is always access to support if any issues arise, and I feel as though the company really want me to succeed and do the best that I can.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary meets my costs with ease. I'm in my second year now, and am taking home £280 a week after tax, national insurance and putting some into my pension. I do live at home, which helps a huge amount, and I don't live too far away from my place of work , so only do about 35 miles a day on average.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
This question is difficult for me to answer, as the whole of my first year was spent at college, so I couldn't really get involved with any opportunities that I would get through working in plant. There is a scheme, called the 'employee learning scheme', which grants each employee £200 a year to complete a learning opportunity/opportunities of their choice.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Jaguar Land Rover is a fantastic company to work for, offering a great salary and essentially a job for life. The training is continuous, and you can go as far in the company as you are willing to push yourself. Jaguar Land Rover is such a large business that there are always options to progress your career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
Complete a lot of research on Jaguar Land Rover and find out what they are all about, and their core values. The assessments and tests can be very challenging, but my advice would be not to worry about it. They can seem very time limited, however what they are looking for is the answers you complete to be correct, rather than answering all the questions and getting some wrong. Its all about quality.
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