1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an Apprentice Automotive Electrician and this includes a variety of work from flashing vehicle modules to the latest software packages to diagnosing and rectifying electrical faults.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have received a BTEC extended diploma in Automotive Technology which has greatly improved my knowledge of the various systems on a vehicle. I have learnt a variety of skills to work on the vehicles whether mechanically, cosmetically or electrically
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy the work that I do and love working on such premium products as Jaguar Land Rover's vehicles.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
This varies, some managers/supervisors have a lot of time for apprentices and will do all they can to help you however unfortunately this cannot be said or all of them.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The college programme has been a nightmare to say the least, there have been multiple failures by the college that have tainted the experience. My workplace training started off very poorly but measures have been put in place now that should eliminate this problem for newer apprentices
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I have a work based learning manager who acts as an intermediary between me and work and he has been mostly excellent. He has listened to my concerns throughout and done what he can to solve them.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
At the end of my 3rd year of the apprenticeship an Apprentice Group Leader was hired and he has been very good and really wants you to learn and develop all you can. Before him though I received very little, if any support.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The Salary is excellent, I am not you standard 16-20 year old apprentice but the generous salary we are given is the only reason I was able to re-train and do an apprenticeship
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
You are requested to go to visit school career days, national career events etc. throughout the apprenticeship and the company does various volunteer work that you could get involved in if you so desired.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The salary is excellent and as the company keeps going from strength to strength you can have confidence in your future at the company.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
Though it is not a requirement, having a good understanding and passion for cars and particularly how they work will certainly help you get ahead and not feel overwhelmed by how much you need to learn during the apprenticeship.
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