1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Mechanical and Project Engineer for Trim and Final Plant Engineering. This involves dealing with contractors for projects regarding improvements to the plant, as well as investigating maintenance issues that arise on a daily basis, and coming up with long term and short term fixes. I deal with suppliers, contractors as well as the maintenance, production and engineering personnel in the plant.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have completed my HNC, an NVQ level 3 and currently progressing in my degree and NVQ level 4. As well as this I have learnt many practical skills such as welding and fabricating, wiring, problem solving etc.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The programme has been a mixture of good and bad so far. I am currently really enjoying it 9/10, having settled into my final area and being part of a really good team and line manager. Over the previous 3 years I have at times felt less pleased with the programme with a lack of structure and care shown by senior figures. Other than this it has been enjoyable.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
Since moving into my final placement I feel valued and part of a team. I get recognition off my line manager for jobs that i carry out, as well as recognition from other areas of the plant regarding jobs I have carried out.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Being the second year to come through the degree apprenticeship it hasn't been as bumpy as the 1st year through, however at each point where we had to move on there seemed a lack of knowledge by anyone as to where we were going and what we were doing. However it worked out well as we were able to follow the advanced apprenticeship route for the first 3 years allowing us valuable experience on the shop floor. This seemed more down to luck than planning however.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I am provided with plenty of support from the training department should I want or need it.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive plenty of support from my employer, especially my manager and those around me.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary is very good, and allows me to live a comfortable lifestyle outside of work. Though no one is ever going to refuse extra money...
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are plenty of opportunities outside of work, with sports activities being set up and company events supporting charities and awards evenings.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Enjoyable place to work, which pays well. Always something new going on, keeping you on your toes
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
Get some experience in an engineering field, whether it is fixing cars/motorbikes etc. or programming robots. anything to show you are interested.
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