1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work in structural test laboratories carrying out technician work to support engineers carry out strength and durability testing. My job can change from day to day, and varies from jobs such as changing samples of car parts such as mounts and bushes, to placing whole cars on simulation test rigs.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Not only have I picked up the most qualifications and the most useful qualifications during my time here, the experience has been invaluable. Internal training courses such as crane training and hydraulic safety training have been available to me. College based training included machining practices, engineering mathematics, H&S and material testing BTEC qualifications, as well as city and guilds.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The programme has been challenging and for the most part has been enjoyable. Parts of college training has been a challenge but I have managed to make my way through it.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
As the department has evolved during the past few years, my responsibility has increased exponentially and for that reason I feel JLR values my input.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The structure has for the most part been brilliant, but aspects of college training could have been more relevant to my job role, although I have gained qualifications I may be able to use in the future.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive as much support as I request from my training provider so I cannot fault them in anyway.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
JLR is always first rate when providing support and always has been. They take an interest in individuals and make sure they are there to help us with issues inside and outside of work.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
No other apprentice has come close to the wage we earn. Top marks.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
The company provides a services known as ELS (employee learning scheme) which £200 is given to us by the company to undertake any task outside of work we would like. Plenty of opportunity.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
No other better engineering firm who looks after you and has as much as an interesting job as anywhere else in Britain.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
Dive in feet first and enjoy yourself. Do not panic in high pressure situations because help is always available. Do not let the first year of the apprenticeship put you off as it can prove a daunting year. After making through the first year, you are on the downhill slope.
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