1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Currently in my second year of the apprenticeship. I now go to work 4 days a week and spend 1 day a week at college. During my usual day at work I carry out feasibility work for design and work closely with designers and engineers to align both parties on a strategy going forward. The job is primarily based around CAD software with PowerPoint slides o support discussion and aid presentations.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Since starting my apprenticeship I have developed many new skills. I have learnt how to communicate effectively in both formal and informal settings. I have learnt new CAD skills that I use daily within my job role. I have also developed existing skills at college such as classroom based skills like mathematics and materials knowledge. I also developed my manual skills such as metal working, engine assembly and welding.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
On the whole I enjoy my apprenticeship programme. The work load can be stressful sometimes and it can be difficult to balance work with college studies. The job I do is mostly enjoyable as it is varied and fulfilling. The work I do makes me feel important and a core member of the company as a whole.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The organisation of the programme is okay although improvements could be made in how information is communicated to apprentices. The work side of the programme is ran very well and I my development is clearly integral to my manager. However the college side of the apprenticeship programme can sometimes be unorganized and we often don't find out information first hand.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My manager is usually very supportive and makes an effort to schedule 1:1's on a weekly basis unless they are too busy to fit it in. My mentor who I work with on a daily basis is supportive but pushes me to make sure I become a competent worker on my own. Departmental attitude towards my development is positive and I am a valued member of the team even though I am still learning my job role.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Currently at college all teaching for qualifications is carried out by the teacher. The material is very spoon fed but I believe this will change to self taught studies once I move to university next year. The teaching support is good and the teachers make a real effort to make sure you understand the content.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
Currently the qualifications we gain from college are very generic as they are tailored to multiple students in multiple different job roles. This means that most of the studies at college are not really applicable to my job role currently. This should all change in a few years once university has started as we specialize in a subject of our choosing.
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.)
The studio engineering team occasionally organize events outside of work such as activities like escape rooms and meals out. This helps to create a tight knit team where everyone can work together effectively. I also do mountain biking with a few people from my department every other weekend. Overall most of the events are social activities with little or no professional based events.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend?
The job role I am in is very enjoyable and as an apprentice my salary is high. The development focus I am given by my managers is top class and the work I am given to do is meaningful and not just used as a training exercise. I have made many great friends within work that I now do things with outside of work.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover?
For others applying for Jaguar land Rover I recommend that you be yourself and show this in the interviewing process. The job roles are so varied that there is literally a job for anyone and it is useful to know that you won't know your job role until you have already been accepted for the apprenticeship.
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