1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Currently in the third year of the apprenticeship meaning that we are cycling through the various areas within my department spending 4 weeks in each at a time. Daily jobs include shadowing a skilled person within the team to get an idea of the role and also to complete jobs issued by the skilled person(s) within the area.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I continue to have opportunity to develop my fabrication skills and also to further my skills within different roles at work. Internal training courses are mandatory for some things such as training with new technologies and products.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
In general I do enjoy my programme. Obviously some areas do not suit everyone but it is still important to see them before choosing your final role. It's good to work with different people and with different teams at work as you will be working with most of these people for a long time.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
Yes. There are good opportunities for all employees really and if you want to take part in various company activities you can. Also, there is a good occupational health team at work which means any work related or non work related health issues can locally be diagnosed/fixed.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
After a rough start to the programme in the first year after moving onto the trail blazer programme it is now in general quite good. The work side of the apprenticeship is much better organised than the college side which is generally quite poorly organised.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
As much as needed. If I am struggling at college I can ask for help and workshops are available for various subjects. We have training managers who can also help us with issues and escalate as appropriate.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Our supervisor is very good and usually sorts any issues really quickly. In general they are always happy to help and are good at resolving issues such as pay errors or holiday requests etc.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Currently very well. Even with taking out my cost of fuel for getting to work I can more than manage especially with living at home. Obviously, more money would never go a miss but during the apprenticeship we receive a rise every 6 months based on how good our attitudes and behaviours at work have been.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
We have to take part in CSR events as part of the apprenticeship which involves going to events such as careers evenings to represent the company. We can also take part in such things as the JLR challenge and outside training courses by using our "employee learning scheme" fund.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Could not really say a bit thing about the job since starting it. Enjoy almost every day at work and the pay is good. I've also never been stressed with the type of work done at work.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
Apply as soon as the applications open for the apprenticeship and if you know anyone in the company that can always help you. Don't exaggerate or lie on your application as as long as you have the correct qualifications and attitude towards the job you'll more than likely be considered.
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