1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I will come into work and look through my emails. I will then start any work that I have been given to do or if I have no work I will seek some form my supervisor who regularly comes to see me. My work mainly consists of CAD work. Recently I have been able to work on a project both in the office on CAD and hands-on in the workshop. Unfortunately there is not much work for me day to day because of the college course being changed and as a result me being in work just 2 days a week.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes I have learnt lots of new skills both on the computer on CAD and also in the workshops making parts that I have designed. I have learnt more about machining and how to modify parts on CAD so that they are able to be machined correctly. This included things such as tolerances. I am now able to do CAD drawings to appropriate standards as well.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I am fortunate to work with a good team which makes work more enjoyable. I don't enjoy college a lot and the atmosphere can become childish and disruptive due to other students. Focusing just on the work place, I really enjoy the programme and it is great to be part of a company like JLR.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
I feel valued by JLR more and more with the work I am doing. Recently I was given a large responsibility with a project which made me feel highly valued. When I am asked to go to schools for community events it makes me feel valued as JLR trust me to give a good impression of the apprenticeship.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Due to choosing a new course for our foundation competencies the college course has not been the best organised however attempts are made to change this. The paperwork was late being made for the new foundation competencies course and this caused me to unfortunately have to attend college 2-3 days a week instead of 1, resulting in me missing out on opportunities at work and missing out on developing my skills.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive a good level of support at college and the tutors on a whole are very helpful providing good materials to work from. There are lots of resources available set up by them such as google classroom and the learning channel, both of which have resources accessible online and you can download and print these.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a high level of support from my employer and all people are willing to help. My supervisor will do his best to help me find things out and show me other parts of the company. It is good to be in a department with other apprentices as they normally have experienced similar problems to me so can give good solutions.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I have a salary that is far better than many other similar programmes so I can't complain at all. Don't understand how others struggle on the salary given. JLR provide me with a salary that is good enough to live away from home and pay for transportation, food etc. Some work wear is also provided free of charge.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, there are community service relations events which I can attend. These community service relations events have included the skills show at the NEC which I really enjoyed. The employee learning scheme is also available in which JLR will give me money towards an activity to improve my skills or learn a new one.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
In my opinion it is one of the best apprenticeships out there and a leading example for young engineers. I enjoy it here and it was my ambition to be here. For anyone looking for an engineering degree it makes perfect sense as you get it all funded by JLR and will gain years of industry experience at the same time.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
Gain some hands on experience and engineering knowledge beforehand. This will help in the interviews and also give you a good start for any engineering work you are tasked with in the future. Having experience shows you are genuinely keen in engineering and have a ‘knack’ for it, JLR want people like this.
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