1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is a Design Cad Engineer. My role is to produce CAD models from surface data that is sent to me. I will turn the surface data for new vehicles into a structure that can actually be built up for a designer to see. I will interact with a variety of different people every day as I have to work with designers, model makers, painters, trimmers, and other CAD models. My responsibility will be to make sure the work I produce is of high quality.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Throughout my apprenticeship I will develop my existing skills but will also learn a lot more new skills. These skills include machining skills. For example, Use of a milling machine. This includes the set up and controls for a machine. Learning about how it works and how to get the best results from the machine. I have also been learning business and project management skills through the various modules from Warwickshire college.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme. I especially enjoy the time I spend at work, learning the different skills of my role on the job. I feel that I am learning lots of different and unique skills that I otherwise would not have the chance to get. I do not enjoy my time at college as much as I find the lack of planning stressful and would rather not be in a classroom. I get on well with all my team and feel comfortable.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
I feel as though I will eventually be an important piece to my departments operations. However, at the moment I am not fully trained and therefore cannot be trusted to take on the big jobs I will be taking on after my training is completed. So for the time being I am not valued very highly but will be eventually by the end of my apprenticeship.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The training programme is not as well structured as it could be. This is not due to the programme itself but rather the providers of the programme. It is structured enough to work but could be better planned out. My time at work is planned out well but sometimes feel I could be put to more use. The overall programme is structured well with my time planned out for each year of my apprenticeship.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The support from my training provider is good. The feedback is mostly returned to me within a reasonable time and the modules I need to have been chosen well. Sometimes the teaching is not as good as it can be but this just requires more self-study from myself which is a good way of personal development.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer gives me lots of support. I have a work based learning manager that regularly meets up with me to see how I am doing and so we can do reviews. I have a manager within my department that I can report to and go to if I have any concerns.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
In Warwickshire near work the cost of living can be quite high. However Jaguar Land Rover have taken this into consideration when deciding upon my salary. With my Apprenticeship programme I will receive a rise every 6 month till the end. This is extremely good. The travel cost are not too high as there are so many others working in the same place, a lift share availability is common.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are not as many opportunities that I know of outside of work that are provided by Jaguar Land Rover. There may be different clubs which you can find by going onto the employee website but these are not actively advertised. You would have to go and search for the opportunity you wanted. The company does have lots of events which can be attended.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Jaguar Land Rover is a fast growing company that is investing heavily into the future of their employees and their products. This is why I think Jaguar Land Rover is such a good employer and company to work for. The company produced many different types of products and the variety of jobs available are vast.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
The application process can be a long one but this is so Jaguar Land Rover get the best people. It is important to stay calm in the interview process and remember that Jaguar Land Rover is interested in the behaviours of a future employee. They want to know about how you react to situations. It is important to have a good balance of confidence and also acknowledging other people's contributions.
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