1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My day to day role is an auto electrician. This means that I work on a variety of different JLR vehicles and diagnose and rectify electrical issues. On a daily basis, I have to investigate electrical faults and diagnostic fault codes to find the root cause and rectify them using the correct and professional procedures.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Before starting my apprenticeship, I had very little to no knowledge about cars and how they work so I had to learn everything from scratch. I have learnt the basic mechanical principles of vehicles but mainly my skills have hugely developed with electrical principles and understanding how to read circuit diagrams, how to test electrical circuits and also how different modules on the vehicles interact to enable full functionality of the vehicle. I can now diagnose and rectify electrical faults which is something I never imagined I would be able to do..
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my Jaguar Land Rover apprenticeship programme as I have developed so much as an individual and my skills are always improving. I have developed more confidence and also JLR has provided so many different opportunities to me. I have already started working on my next development stage of a degree which the company are providing and I am excited to see what the future holds for me within JLR.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is structured in terms of having a full time first year at college, with the second and third year spending one day at college and the remainder within my work department. I feel that the apprenticeship could be better organised from a college side of things, however in saying that, the work based learning manager I was assigned with has been very supportive and helpful all the way through my apprenticeship.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive support from my employer as within my department, my supervisor is keen to encourage me to succeed and actively wants to be a part of my development journey which is very good as it helps to assure that I do have company support available should I need it and it is refreshing to know that there is a genuine interest for wanting me to succeed.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
My training provider does give support and the lecturers were always on hand to help with any queries I may have. The lecturers were very friendly and did their best to support us. I feel that the support I was given as an apprentice was adequate enough to enable me to complete my qualifications.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I think that the qualifications I gained from my training provider have helped me to learn and understand the basic principles of a vehicle. It is this information that has formed the base of my knowledge that I have then developed and built on through developing within my role, as I have been able to apply this knowledge to help me to understand new principles.
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.)
At my work, I have both taken part in and organised charitable events such as cake sales with some of my colleagues. I have also been invited to join in on sports activities and social activities outside of work. More than this, I have represented JLR on numerous occasions to speak to people about my experience.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend?
Jaguar Land rover is an exceptional business and as a young person entering the world of work, I could not think of a better opportunity. I have developed as a person in terms of increasing my confidence and I have already been provided with so many opportunities to develop in terms of my career. Also, it is a well paid apprenticeship and I am getting paid to learn!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover?
If I was going to apply for Jaguar Land Rover, the advice I would have liked to know would be to have confidence in myself and to try not to get too worked up because everybody at JLR is happy to help and make you feel welcome. Everyone is really friendly. I was also say to take the assessment centre as it comes and to just be yourself and just try your best!
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