1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Exhaust Project Engineer. Cover the delivery of exhaust systems across all engine variants for a particular programme. Daily duties may include testing, assisting with CAD design, managing part releases and changes, liaising with other compartments, e.g. engine calibration and managing suppliers.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Currently working towards a BEng in Applied Engineering. Have NVQ Level 2's in a number of disciplines including welding, milling and turning. Learnt how the business operates and many of the processes followed in my department. Learnt what external changes may affect my programme and how they might affect it, e.g. changing emission standards and cycles. Learnt how to interact with a large number of different departments and people.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy coming to work, especially when I know that something interesting will be happening that day. The team and wider teams are helpful and friendly, and I can easily talk to them regarding queries etc. I enjoy the nature of my job and what it entails.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
Highly, they invest a lot into the apprenticeship programme and it is noticeable, especially compared to other apprenticeships about. Managers seem keen to take on apprentices and display a large amount of understanding for the course and treat you as an equal.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Inductions are regular, especially where Health & Safety is concerned. Training is readily available, free and enjoyable. There is plenty of support, from many aspects including my Mentor, Manager, other colleagues and HR. Tasks are regularly delegated to me, often challenging me but never putting me out of my depth meaning I am always eager to engage.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Tutors are mostly supportive, with some exceptions, however JLR often seeks to resolve these issues.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There is plenty of support, with regular reviews to discuss and resolve issues. HR is quick to respond.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
At 18 I moved away from home to live with 3 other apprentices on the same course. We have more than adequate funds to live on.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
A lot of apprentices organise social events outside of work by choice. To date I have done the following: Nights out, meals out, paintballing, cinema and lots more.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
They offer one of the best apprenticeship programmes available. I am confident I made the correct decision, as I received offers from more than one employer, including Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover? *
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