1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a part of the Body Engineering department within my company which covers everything you can touch and see on the exterior of the car. My specific area within this department is Body CAD which is an area I'm very happy with. However, I am only in my first year of the apprenticeship meaning I am at college full time. My current days consist of a mixture of workshop and classroom lessons. I find my days very interesting as I am learning a lot of new skills.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
During my time at college I have learnt a lot of new skills; mainly in the workshop as I haven't worked with a lot of the machines before. I have learnt how to operate a milling machine, write CNC programmes, weld and how to disassemble and assemble an engine.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I am really enjoying my programme as the department I'm in is one I'm happy with. This is because of the team of people I will be working with are very organised and friendly. I enjoy my time at college most of the time as sometimes I find certain subjects quite difficult.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
I feel very valued by my company! I was recently getting worried about maths as this isn't a strong subject for me and was thinking that potentially the apprenticeship might be too difficult. I spoke to a manager and he made me feel much better about the whole situation by reassuring me.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme has been very well structured but has still had some problems along the way which is expected. The induction to the programme was fantastic, my department upon welcoming new apprentices was very well organised, the plan for the year with assignment hand in dates has also been well thought about. Although the company did make a couple of mistakes with our contracts and holiday entitlements but that was quickly resolved.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I personally don't feel like I receive enough support from my training provider. I struggle with some subjects and haven't really been offered much support; I had to find tutors outside of work to help.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer offer a lot more support in all sorts of areas. I haven't needed to ask for anything yet as I haven't been with my employer much but if I did then they would happily support me.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary is great as I am still living at home due the apprenticeship being near where I live. Because of this I am able to save a lot more money than other apprentices who have had to move to the area. This means I have money to spend and can still save a good amount for the future.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I am not sure whether there are many opportunities as I am still quite new to the apprenticeship. I have been asking some of the apprentices in their 2nd year to see what the company offers. In the local are there is a lot on offer as there a large city within driving/train distance.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Overall the apprenticeship has been run very well minus the few errors they have made. I have enjoyed my time I have spent here too which is massively important as if you aren't enjoying something or you are not having fun then it could change your opinion on the whole;e thing.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
I would advise people to make sure they take A-Level maths as this will be very important when taking the degree apprenticeship. I would also suggest moving in with other apprentices as its a great way to make friends quick; it also helps as you will know someone on the induction days/weeks.
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