1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a vehicle technician in the Jaguar Press Cars team. On a day to day basis I work as part of the team that prepares and maintains Jaguar vehicles that are handed out to media and journalists. My role also involves travelling around the world to support various press and media events. On an average day I will be dynamically testing vehicles and rectifying any faults that I may find.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed my general skills and knowledge surrounding the maintenance of vehicles, as well as acquiring new skills specific to jaguar vehicles such as using electronic communication devices. I am encouraged by my manager to attend the Jaguar Academy regularly, this is a Jaguar owned centre that helps train dealership staff.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I love my work based side of the apprenticeship, my team is great, my manager actively takes interest in my development and I thoroughly enjoy my job. However at times the college based side of the programme was not of a great standard due to the college being understaffed and over populated with students.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
I have found myself the recipient of 5 internal company reward and recognition certificates due to my involvement with various projects and also my community spirit. I feel like I matter in my department and I am depended on daily.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
During the induction week the programme is laid out for the apprentices so you know what you'll be doing for the next 4 years, what qualifications you'll be gaining and what is expected of you. Each apprentice is assigned to a training manager who you meet with every few months to discuss your training and any issues you may have.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The college side of the apprenticeship didn't really live up to my expectations, it wasn't the greatest of colleges. It was sometimes difficult to have a tutors full attention and support due to the number of students each tutor would have. Also where as some tutors taught well and tried to help everyone stay at the same level, some tutors left everyone too it and expected each student to have a complete understanding of each topic before even being taught it.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I have no complaints about the level of support I receive from my manager, HR team or my training manager. When I have had any problems they have been dealt with swiftly and professionally.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is very competitive and I have never found myself needing more.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
JLR offer all employees the chance to volunteer for varies charities and events such as the Invictus games. We also receive an annual learning fund to spend on any learning or development we wish.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a fantastic opportunity to get into a growing company that recognises and nurtures talent, I see it as a fantastic chance to further my career within the company.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
Be yourself and keep the company will recognise your talent even if you don't. The application process can be daunting but it should be a breeze for anyone with the talent to work for the company.
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