1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a Powertrain apprentice based at the Whitley site. I spend 3 days a week at site completing training placements in various different areas, one of which I will be placed into upon the end of my apprenticeship. The other two days a week I spend at Warwickshire college achieving an NVQ level 3 and a BTEC national diploma.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I've learnt many different skills in the year and a half I've been an apprentice. They range from hand fitting, turning, welding and milling practical skills acquired in college, or more engine knowledge and process knowledge acquired from being in plant.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I've enjoyed the programme on the whole, with only a few minor blips. The plant side has been mostly good with very few problems as the company has a good culture especially in the Powertrain dept. the college has had a few more minor issues which weren't as enjoyable but this was largely down to adjusting to the new format of trailblazer.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
I feel very valued by JLR. From day 1 i've felt very welcomed and appreciated and have been given the opportunity to get heavily involved with tasks and projects.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The college side started off quite disorganised due to the new trailblazer format being implemented this year. The plant side has felt a lot more organised with a lot of training and induction being administered quickly.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
At college the levels of support vary greatly, depending on the tutors you're assigned too. Some are very thorough with their teaching whereas some are more laid back and let you crack on with it. Both have there merits but the vast majority are willing to answer any questions.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We receive a lot of support from our supervisors as they are out main trainers in plant. They also provide help whenever we are having issues with college and really take our education and learning seriously and try and get the best for us.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is a good wage if you're straight out of GCSE's but for some of the more mature students its more of a struggle to meet living costs and can make life a little bit trickier.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are plenty of opportunities to be able to push yourself and get out there to support CSR events and volunteer yourself. These allow you to meet local students and try and help anybody who could be thinking of signing up to the apprenticeship.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Its a good, solid company on the rise. They've invested a lot of time and effort into the programme and make everybody feel welcome.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
Be yourself during the whole interview and application process. A vast amount of auto mobile knowledge is not required when applying, jut a general interest.
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