1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Maintenance apprentice so most days are different. have to respond to break downs, do daily PM's and things like that. Work closely with the maintenance team on my area. We all have our own areas we have to complete daily housekeeping on. i have designed and built test rigs as a project.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have gained many qualifications but some of which i do not find translate meaningfully to the job role. i also feel that some of the things that could be useful have not been backed up by being able to practise them in work and if you dont use it you loose it. i have learned most of what i need to know from the maintenance team in work. i have also been sent on training courses in work that relate to the equipment we work on
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
i enjoy work because i work with good people and when you get to actually get stuck in and you fix something and you do fix it you feel like you are improving. i find there is a big gulf in between the shop floor and managers sometimes which can leave you feeling unappreciated. the college side of my programme fell well short of my expectations.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
it depends by who you are asking by the people i work next to day in day out i feel appreciated but not so much by the management. i feel that more could be done to make you want to go that extra mile you so often have to. the apprenticeship team was the same you would hear something straight away if it was bad news and good stuff would just fall through the cracks.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
college was awful the teachers where awful at the start of the year which meant my apprenticeship was extended from a 3 year one to a 4 year one and the only reason i selected the maintenance pathway was because it was a shorter course. when this was finally sorted tho the teaching did vastly improve but it just meant we was playing catch up all the time. then when we got to work the first thing our manager said was he didnt want us and never asked for us so you can imagine how that felt
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My ITM well 3rd ITM is great he is always ipen and approachable and did all he could to help us with the issues we had but it felt like he was ignored a lot but i couldnt fault him at all. the teachers at college where very poor untill they where changed then they where really good and it was only down to them that we all got through our exams
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
in work i dont really need that much support im happy just to get on with things but the little bit i have needed for example when i had an operation i found was easy to come by and they didnt mind helping me at all. we where never really allocated a mentor but i would go to my team leader for the little every day things and they always had time for me.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
the money i earn as an apprentice and when i will finish is the best part about the job and is the reason i would recommend it to other people because it is very good and there is incentive to do things well as you get a pay rise every 6 months. it covers all the things i need it to and i can still save money to
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
we have a yearly allowance that we can spend on an activity with a wide range to choose from which is good if you find something you want to use it on. we get many discounts as employees of JLR the best being the privileged scheme with ford allowing you to get cars relatively cheap.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
i would recommend it because at the end of the day i work to live rather than live to work and the money here is extremely good. plus having a JLR apprenticeship behind me is great on my CV and could open doors both in and out of the company regardless of the issues that i went through during the apprenticeship.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
i would just say that if you get to the assessment days be confident and not affraid to speak up but also make sure you are a good listener as communication skills are key. also try to get some experience before you get here of the company and things just show you are keen. with the testing i would say just have a go its not always the most important part and i think everyone can do better than they probably think they can.
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