1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a Project Engineer, my daily job revolves around managing projects and seeing to any problems that arise due to new facilities within the block. This means I interact with a wide variety of people/departments from the supplier for the job to he maintenance team who will accept the facility after is has been completed.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have obtained a foundation degree, been on a plethora of internal training courses to improve how I work within my department. All of my transferable skills have also improved and will continue to improve over the coming years.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy work. My team and general work life is a very good situation to work in. I think the education side and the work-study communications could be improved.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
As part of my role as a project engineer I undertake my own projects. These are obviously smaller projects at the moment as I am still studying but they made me feel valued. In general at work I am made to feel like a member of the team. The education side doesn't make me feel valued though.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My initial induction was poor as the communications between the apprentice team and my to-be line manager were very weak. The college was very unstructured and I can speak for a fair few apprentices when I say that there were and still are a lot of improvements to be made there.The work and Uni side of the course are very structured and it is very easily tracked online. It is very refreshing.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Support on the programme is excellent. My ITM is readily available for any queries and acts fast to get an answer. Aside from this mind, the support is mediocre but it is not needed very often.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There is no shortage of support from my employer. My team and line manager are very happy to support and are readily approachable for both work and personal issues.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The location of my work (Solihull) is very central to the Midlands and Warwickshire areas so there is no shortage of housing available. My commute is moderate from all of the places I have lived.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There a a few company community events to undertake if you ask, although the apprentice side of those are very limited. The company discounts/benefits enable a lot of outside leisure time to be supplemented.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
They are a reputable company and I have had a good experience with my team. The degree apprenticeship is a great way for people who want to start work but don't want to give up the prospect of getting a degree.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
Prepare thoroughly for all the regular exam questions. Make sure you have an example for when you: were a good team leader, made decisions and used transferable skills. If you get the job, be prepared to start proper work and put in the effort, especially at University where you are studying part time.
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