1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Once in the business, after a year in college, we get given projects to complete. Just like any other employee would. As a CAD engineer, I have been given all the training I need to do my job. I have regular meetings in my department and with the people I am making the models for.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
The training provided by Jaguar Land Rover is great. Giving me all the tools I need to complete my job role. The foundation degree training provided by the Warwickshire College Group is extremely sub-par.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Now that I am out of the constant, mind numbing education given by Warwickshire College Group, I am really enjoying my job. JLR is a great place to work. Making all work exciting and fun.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
I feel really valued by JLR. Straight away from starting in the business I have been given a lot of responsibility and projects that will be of real use to the business.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is very well organised. All six years are in a way planned out. Apart from the placements that i will get to go on in further years. They will be decided nearer the time.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Currently Warwickshire College Group are lacking in both teaching and support. I will go on to Warwick University next year. I am hoping that they can provide much better learning.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
JLR provide me with a lot of support. I have many people that I can turn to for any kind of problems that may occur. Including a Work Based Learning Manager (who assess and helps me improve my work behaviours), an apprentice manager (who is there to help structure my apprenticeship in the workplace), a mentor (who is an older apprentice that can help me with my work and any other questions I may have) and a department Buddy (they are an experienced engineer who can answer any technical questions I may have).
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I think the pay given by JLR is very reasonable. I am able to rent a house with other apprentices. Most apprentices can also afford to get new Ford cars on Higher Purchase Schemes at a discount from JLR. They also provide bus services for free that take me from Coventry (where I live) to Gaydon (where I work).
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are not too many opportunities provided by the business that I can think of, but as there are so many apprentices at JLR, we can organise our own activities.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The pay is great compared with other apprenticeships. JLR is an exciting place to work, in an ever changing and exciting industry. You get a degree at the end, without any of the Uni debt.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
If youve never done an psychometric test, I would google them and practice. As they can be quite different to anything else. Also dont just apply to one thing. Apply to all apprentice you see and the universities you may want to go to. You should always have something to fall back on if you dont get one. In the assessment days, just try to relax and keep chatty.
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