1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
On a day to day basis I will conduct several tests. These tests involved setting up instrumentation and equipment for the test and conducting the tests to the requirement listed for the test. In addition I also process and analyse the results again the test criteria and write up a report to show the findings of the test.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes I would say I have learnt a wide variety of skills. From practical/technical skills by doing an NVQ which consists of several workshop units as well as developing skills such as writing and research through various assignments at college. In addition the job role have developed my skills of time management and handling responsibilities through getting things done effieciently.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I somewhat enjoy the program depending on what placement and area I am. I believe the college aspect of the apprenticeship is not a enjoyable as the college tend not to be as organised as it could be as well as sometimes teaching seems pointless. Work in general is usually enjoyable however there can be some times when there is not much to do.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I think the structure of the programme is good as there is a natural progression from the first year having mostly college to the second year having college one day a week and work the rest of the time then University in one week blocks and work in 5 week blocks. This maintains a level of constant development as the experience becomes more and more work involved. Again the college could be more organised and structured themselves but aside it is ok.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Enough as we have supervisors and others who if we are unsure of how to approach something then they can help to guide us into the right way. If they are not present then mostly available by email and can help to clarify certain things or check and confirm that I have the correct idea.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Some support. Some teachers offer enough resources and guidance to be able to learn and do assignments while still maintaining challenge (i.e. not giving us all the answers but the tools to find the answers) but some are vague and it is hard to understand what is expected from us.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
Some aspects such as workshop skills learnt give an idea of how to operate within the workplace. In addition there are courses which teach us about automotive technologies which helps us to better understand the car and how its parts operate and work together.However some courses seem kind of useless like the information would not influence our job role at all.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
No or at least not advertised enough. It would be good if I could get involved with more extra-curricular activities as that would break up the work week this would also allow for the opportunity to get to know more people and get to interact with people outside of the work setting.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend?
It is a good company which treats its employers well in addition there are a lot of opportunities for development and learning within the company however not everything is perfect as there are some fundamental issues such as how the company is run and how well things are planned for as well as communication across the whole company.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover?
Make sure to be confident but also be aware of your weaknesses. Show that you are capable of getting the job done whilst not getting in way of others but instead helping them to achieve things together and respect each other. If you are unsure of things do not become scared or nervous but calmly figure out the best way to go about things.
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