1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an apprentice test engineer. Day to day I use data logging equipment to measure and record various inputs to the car throughout test procedures. I also arrange to have cars fitted with the correct instrumentation and getting them shipped to the correct test site. This includes speaking with test engineers, fitters and logistics teams.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many technical skills in terms of running the test equipment and analysing the data produced. The programme has also developed existing skills in terms of communication and team work. I have also attended various driver training courses.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my time in the workplace greatly. Academic studies are the part i like the least however the course has a good mix of work and academics. The first year of full time college was the least enjoyable as expected.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
Apprentices at JLR are valued as highly as regular staff. This means we are given the same roles and responsibilities once we are competent at carrying out the tasks. We therefore get the same rewards in terms of holidays and car schemes.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is well structured on the whole, with monthly meetings taking place between apprentice, line manager and training manager to ensure everything is on track. Projects are delegated to apprentices within my department the same way that they are delegated among regular staff meaning that those with the correct skill set for a task are asked to do it.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Our training managers are available readily for support and giving general direction on what we should be doing. This being said they have very little influence over what we do in our workplace or what we learn at University and as such there role is more support than improving the course.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
At work there is always support available from colleagues. Most people are more than happy to assist with problems either at work or with coursework for university where they can. My manager is also very understanding of the time commitments involved in doing a degree alongside working and helps to manage my time effectively.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary at JLR is very competitive and as such covers my needs very well. From the time I started I have been able to move away from home and live comfortably in a rented flat. As my salary increased I would now consider myself to be in a well paid job rather than an apprenticeship.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many social opportunities outside of work with various sports and social clubs running regularly. On top of the the ELS scheme allows staff to attend training courses up to a certain value every year which the company pays for. The company also engages in various CSR events which staff can volunteer to help at.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The job roles offered are very good. The salary is exceptional. I don't think there is a better apprenticeship available in the same industry.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
Make sure your CV is up to date and that you give a good amount of time to write your application. Don't worry if you have no experience with cars etc, these skills can be taught, its personality and willingness to learn that is required.
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