Body AVA design engineer at Jaguar Land Rover

Start Date:
West Midlands
Programme Type:
Degree Apprenticeship
£25,000 annually
Review Date:
April 2018

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Review Score

6.9 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


I am a degree apprentice at JLR in my second year working in the doors department. I spend my time working on CATIA, which is a CAD programme and developing 3D models for use in the progression of programmes for cars. These models are associative geometry and so are complex to design and make.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have learnt how to use CATIA, a 3D modelling package in great detail and have been on multiple courses to develop my knowledge on this. I have also been on various courses in the business to develop my knowledge of plastics and metals. As well as this, there are online learning courses that do not take long.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy my programme a lot and feel i am valued in the team. I also enjoy the work that I do and feel that I get a lot from the work that I am doing. I am looking forward to doing more complex work in the future on various different projects.

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4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?


I feel very valued at Jaguar Land Rover. There are procedures in place that ensure any issues I have can be rectified. Jaguar Land Rover often put forward apprentices for various awards, such as apprentice of the year from various different establishments. It also makes me feel valued to have been asked to do different tasks based upon skills that I have developed.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


I feel that the work side of my apprenticeship is well structured, largely down to the experience of the apprenticeship managers at Jaguar Land Rover being very efficient in their planning and ability to organise training in advance, as well as their ability to take on feedback that we give them. The college side is less well structured and especially in this second year of my foundation degree, the college have had issues with the organisation. This includes not giving us assignments or tests on time and overloading us now towards the end of the year. JLR are now working harder with the college to improve organisational skills at the college.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


We receive very little support from our training provider, which is Warwick Trident College (part of Warwickshire College Group). The feedback from assignments is usually minimal and the guided learning hours in the second year of the college work has not been adequate to complete all of the assignments to the high standard. in subjects such as maths where guided learning hours are essential to completing the course, we have been left to work and given very little support, even when asking for it. I understand that as a HE course, it is meant to contain some self study, but it feels we have been given an inadequate amount of support.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


I receive a lot of support from Jaguar Land Rover when doing my work and am able to talk to them when I have issues. Te work based learning managers support us when we have issues. They are also able to give feedback and set targets with my assistance. This helps me to progress faster in the apprenticeship. I also have a mentor in my department who is able to delegate tasks to me and help me with any issues I have.

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7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


My salary meets my costs well. I feel that the salary we are paid is fair in consideration to the amount of work we do, as well as college work outside of the workplace. Due to the location of the workplace, it is difficult to commute to it other than by car, meaning this feels like an essential, but luckily there are car schemes in place to offer discounts on Ford, Jaguar and Land Rover cars.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


There are few opportunities offered to us outside of work. It is often down to the apprentices to arrange activities that are not at work. We are sometimes offered opportunities by the college, but often these opportunities are whilst we are working and so we are unable to be a part of these. We are given a set amount of money per year to learn a new skill which is unrelated to our job role.

9. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend?


9b. Why?

I feel it is a great company to work for and there are opportunities to develop skills and work with different people. It is also growing quickly, meaning in the future it will be even more of an exciting place to work and they have some truly desirable products being released at the moment, which bodes well for the future.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover?

I would tell others to be themselves and do some research into the company and their morals. I would advise applicants to work hard at the assessment centre and be well behaved, as well as talking to the other candidates and being confident, without being arrogant. I would also ensure that you are polite at the applicant days and to try your best.

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