1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
In my day to day life I work on vehicles getting them prepared for high end customers and VVIP customers. This can be from a basic health check or service, fitting accessories or maybe even changing an engine. Anything that needs doing to that particular vehicle then I will complete the work. I also have the chance to visit a wide range of countries supporting the vehicles on events.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a lot about vehicles, I am also working towards a BTEC national qualification in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering as well as a Level 3 NVQ in Electrical Automotive engineering. I have learnt a lot of hands on skills throughout my training for example milling and turning.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy being at work and interacting with various team members and having the good workshop morale. I don't enjoy the college aspect as it is unorganized and messy, which did not meet my standards considering I am completing an apprenticeship with a prestigious company.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
I feel appreciated when it comes down to the people I work with in the workshop, any other employees higher ranking than me for example my supervisor or manager I feel like they don't take the technicians ideas on board or value the work that is completed.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme was structured in a sense that each year was layed out that you would be doing the first year at college and day release etc in the other years. The unorganised aspect of the programme is that the scheme we are signed onto is a new thing so no one really knows what they are doing. The college is also really unorganised when coming to sorting out lessons and lecturers.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I received little to no support from the college training providers, we do have an internal training manager which helps guide us through our apprenticeship which did provide support but sometimes it felt like the support was more on their terms rather than the apprentice.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive some support from my employer like group leaders and other technicians in the workshop but with supervisors and managers there is little communication or support if extra training is required.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary/pay package meets my costs perfectly. I have a 6 monthly review where my wages increase which meets my needs. I was able to purchase a new car and move out of my childhood home and become much more independent.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are opportunities within the business to be able to get involved in but these are sometimes few and far between or it is not communicated correctly and you are unable to find out about the opportunities. The opportunities mainly come from the apprenticeship rather than the employer which will not be beneficial to me when I complete my apprenticeship. We do get access to a good discount scheme which means I am more inclined to do external activities.
9. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend?
It is a good prestigious company to work for, the apprenticeship can sometimes be unorganised but once it is completed the routes for progression within the company is huge and the amount of good qualification opportunites that they provide are much better than any other company.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover?
When applying for Jaguar Land Rover, so not pretend to be someone you aren't. In the assessment centre day they are looking for an all round person that is genuine and that will fit into the JLR family. Do not rush your application form, make sure it reflects you in a positive yet truthful light.
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