1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am currently working in a mechanical engineering role in JLR Halewood's Paint Shop. My responsibilities include: mechanical repairs and breakdowns, FRACAS of mechanical systems, motor management, managing mechanical spares, and CME tooling engineering. I am also studying part-time for an Applied Engineering degree.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
So far I have completed an NVQ Level 3 in Maintenance of Engineered Systems and am due to start an NVQ Level 4 in Engineering and Manufacture. Before starting I had little-to-no experience in engineering, so I have learned everything from this apprenticeship.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
It keeps me busy and provides a good income while learning new skills. There tends to be something new happening every day and provides a good challenge.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
Management offer feedback on work carried out and do take an interest in your development. They delegate work to you and are happy not to micromanage which suits very well.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Substantial changes have been made since I started, and I know that it is now very well structured. Communication between departments could be better, but that's no different to anywhere else I've worked.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
On-site training provider staff are very good, they complete monthly reviews to ensure you are always progressing and operate an 'open door' policy to any issues no matter how small.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
All supervision are very approachable and accommodating when help is needed. They could however be more supportive in allowing time for completing work related to the apprenticeship such as NVQ and uni assignments.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Very well, I don't know of any other employer that pays their apprentices as well as Jaguar Land Rover. In addition to salary, expenses are covered for time spent at university
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
JLR operate a generous employee learning scheme where you can apply for events outside of work related to your personal development such as driving lessons, advanced driving or learning a foreign language.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a good place to learn new skills and gain qualifications while earning a salary.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
Just be yourself and try not to just tell them what they want to hear. They are not necessarily looking for the best of the best, they are looking for individuals that can be guided to fit in with their team. They do offer work experience placements which may be a good starting point to get a taste of what to expect.
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