Engineering Apprentice at Jaguar Land Rover

Start Date:
2015
Location:
Coventry
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Salary:
£463 weekly
Review Date:
May 2019

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Review Score

8.8 /10

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

10/10

My Job role involves working alongside a skilled fitter/tester. There are lots of different sections I have worked in. These range from Engine Test to The Vehicle workshop. In each area I am required to meet a number of NVQ goals. This can involve running a power curve for example by myself or diagnosing a fault on a prototype vehicle and being able to rectify it. Each day is different.

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

10/10

During my apprenticeship I have gained a huge amount of skills. I have gained these not only from work but also at college. The first year of my apprenticeship was initially at college and we were required to complete foundation competencies there. This involved: Milling, Turning, Welding and hand fitting. An experience in each area not only gave me a qualification but also gave me a tremendous amount of experience.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

10/10

I thoroughly enjoy my apprenticeship and consider it to be one of the best decision I have ever made. I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone. The experience you gain from work can't be taught in the class room! I very much like the different areas there are within PowerTrain. This gives me variety of jobs and keeps me busy.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

7/10

In the first and send year on my apprenticeship my area was not organised for the apprentices at all. However, from the 3rd year on it has been very good with well laid out plans and organisation procedures. After every placement now we have a review with our trainer and supervisor. This allows us to improve for next time.

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

10/10

I don't receive a lot of support from my employer. Whether this is for paternity leave or I am unsure of how to do a certain job. My employer will always help if he can nor go find someone better to help me. I am supported in my religion and cultural back ground.

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

10/10

My trainer provides time for me to do my work and will book meeting rooms from me if necessary. Furthermore, my trainer allows me to go to college to complete my qualification with a trained and qualified teacher. I am then able to ask questions about what I am working on knowing I will get an accurate and professional response.

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

10/10

I believe that all the training I receive is beneficial to my job role. For example, my foundation competencies has helped me out a tremendous amount for my job. It allows me to to understand job cards and complete work required from lathes and millers. I always seek new learning opportunities.

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.)

3/10

I am aware of a football club that goes on outside of work where a lot of JLR employees go to. This is the only one I am aware of and I would like to see more available or more advertised so I am aware of them! I would love to do more social things outside with my work colleagues.

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

Yes

9b. Why?

This is a fantastic apprenticeship and I am really enjoying working here. The variety of jobs and the friendliness of each employee I don't think you will find anywhere else. JLR take such good care of you too. They really value their staff. This can be shown in the ELS scheme and the Union.

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

Make sure to be yourself and try to stand out! you want to make them remember you. If they remember you the you are more likely to get in. You also need to make sure you are dedicated to hard work and delivering high quality products. Furthermore, make sure to take a step back from the group sometime and rethink situations - don't rush forward!

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