Advanced Manufacturing Degree Apprentice at Jaguar Land Rover

Start Date:
2018
Location:
Castle Bromwich
Programme Type:
Degree Apprenticeship
Salary:
£20,068 annually
Review Date:
April 2019

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Review Score

7.2 /10

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

9/10

I am in the first year of the apprenticeship which involves attending Warwickshire Trident College full time with occasional releases to the Castle Bromwich plant when college is closed. College involves completing an undergrad course to attain the grades required for an engineering course. During my time attending the plant I followed around co-workers and learnt what happened in my actual job role.

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

8/10

As stated previously, the college course I am currently enrolled in involves learning certain subjects and practical skills. These include general maths, mechanical, and asset skills. I did not have much practical experience upon joining the apprenticeship, however a variety of courses including welding, mechanical assembly, and CAD. The course will go on to a degree course in engineering which will take 4 years.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

8/10

So far I have very much so enjoyed my apprenticeship, the pacing is a little off with times of no work and others with endless assignments, however it is not too stressful if you keep on top of your work. College is as you would expect and great for socializing with regular breaks.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

7/10

As a whole the course is well structured, however my specific course provided a few complications when allocated time did not allow for enough lectures/ too many assignments at once. Aside from this, the pacing is great with you focusing in specific areas for a period of time so nothing is forgotten. The university course is taught during block releases of a week every few.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?

7/10

Most on the apprenticeship have received plenty of support from the company with regular reviews, readily available work based learning managers, and feedback surveys. Despite this my actual manager did not have much time for me as they were busy working at the plant so I was not kept updated as to what was happening at the site I would be based at.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?

9/10

Jaguar land rover works closely with with Warwickshire trident college, investing heavily in equipment and support for students. The work based learning managers are excellent in providing any information or support required and are heavily invested helping students work to their best potential. Additional sessions were also available after college times to help those who may have fallen behind.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?

5/10

While additional higher education is helpful, not much is related to the actual role I will be performing at plant. There are courses specifically catered towards each apprenticeship type, however these are not excellent. Business improvement strategies are taught, including how to manage time and work efficiently. Practical skills however help in many situations outside of the role and aid life skills.

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.)

5/10

Team improvement circle is offered by JLR in which apprentices can work together in order to research and develop an improvement that could be applied within the workplace to improve efficiency. Aside from additional lectures outside of college times, not many other social activities are offered outside of work. The college hosts occasional sporting events as could be expected and apprentices have formed their own football team, however these are not endorsed by the employer.

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

Yes

9b. Why?

With the amount that is learned during college, work, and university a degree apprenticeship offers the best of both worlds. In addition to this, the pay is excellent with periodic pay increases which allows money to be saved for socializing and future plans such as mortgages. Despite the shortfalls, I have felt I have learnt a lot so far and look forwards to where the apprenticeship will take me in the future.

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

Be patient for a response from the company as it took a long time for me to receive anything in terms of acceptance. Do not take the college accommodation, it's overpriced and you will want to move out as soon as possible. There are plenty of opportunities to socialize outside of college so go with a house share to save money. Make sure to make plenty of friends as when you're in plant they may be separated from you so it's best to stay in touch outside of work.

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