1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a first year apprentice, our day-to-day jobs are just studying at college for the foundation engineering degree. There are a number of classes, both academic and workshop based which we do on a timetabled basis (e.g. engine build/manufacturing processes). This is not representative of what we will be doing for the whole of the apprenticeship however.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Gained many new skills in the workshop area from the different classes, such as Engine Build and Milling/Turning, which I enjoy learning about. I have also developed skills like essay writing and maths from the lessons and lectures.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Overall I enjoy the programme, although I do find some of the college work repetitive. However, I expect this to change when we complete the foundation degree next year. I get on well with the other apprentices and lecturers.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
Don't usually have much interaction with managers on the first year apart from the plant weeks, but on those weeks in plant the manager has so far set aside the whole week to do a comprehensive programme with our team. The company has also put a lot of money into resources for the college.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The organisation of the programme wasn't perfect at the start of the course, with timetables being changed frequently, although it has got better as the year progressed. In workshop we didn't get given enough time for milling due to meetings and days where the workshop was closed, but I still had enough time to finish.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The college staff are always helpful when it comes to asking questions, and are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their subjects.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There are several meetings with the Work-Based Learning Managers, to make sure that we are advancing properly and meeting deadlines, and that we are comfortable and feel safe in the college.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is good, especially when compared to most of my friends who have gone to university. It more than meets my needs for housing and food (would cover transport but I live close enough to walk). I have enough money left over to save up and socialise, and the pay rise terms are good too.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are currently not many opportunities outside of work, because our day finishes at 5pm and the college activities all take place in college time that we don't have free. When I'm not working I tend to socialise with workmates and house mates.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Much better option than university, especially if this is the kind of place you want to end up at after uni as you will finish in a similar position to that which you would if you joined later on. Also avoid extortionate levels of debt, as well as having enough spare cash to run a car (which would be unthinkable at uni).
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
Don't panic too much over the online tests and assessment centres but keep an eye on your email over the process, and make sure you are able to access email over the summer holidays if you're successful so you are able to make your job choice instead of it being assigned to you.
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