Mechatronic Maintenance Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover

Start Date:
2018
Location:
Liverpool
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Salary:
£262 weekly
Review Date:
May 2019

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Review Score

8.1 /10

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

8/10

I am currently in my training phase of the apprenticeship. This involves 1 day of BTEC theory work (Monday) and 4 days of practical work in the workshop. A BTEC day is 10 hours long broken into 3 subjects of 3 hours a day (08:30 - 18:30). The workshop days are broken into multiple weeks of different practical units, usually 6/8 weeks. The days are from 08:30 - 16:30

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

9/10

Over the course of my apprenticeship (9 months in) I have learnt multiple new skills. This includes: Welding, Soldering, and Machining on both lathes and milling machines. I have also built on a few practical skills within Mechanical Maintenance sections and Electrical Installation sections. A big part of the course is being able to fault find both electrically and mechanically and I believe I have improved significantly over my time here.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

10/10

Overall this programme is extremely enjoyable as it combines challenging subjects and skills with motivating and inspiring activities. It is also a great way to make new friends as you and your colleagues learn to work in a team and end up forming good professional and personal relationships, which I believe can lead to lifelong friendships.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

7/10

The structure of the programme is generally good and allows for good personal progression and knowledge growth without becoming tiring or repetitive. As I am only 9 months into my apprenticeship I cannot really comment on the structure as a whole but I have spoke to a few apprentices who are further into their careers who have praised the structure.

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

7/10

Overall, the support system at Jaguar Land Rover is relatively good and there are multiple routes you can utilise to find support. Whether this is through the Human Resource teams, or through direct communication with your line manager or supervisor. Additionally, use of the HR ticket system can allow you to receive support for medical issues or even personal issues.

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

8/10

The training provider has been very good and professional at supplying good quality training and thoroughly monitoring progress. Progress is monitored frequently by way of regular meetings with your industrial training manager. These fall into the behaviours category of your apprenticeship and provide evidence for use in your end point assessments and other gateway assessments.

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

8/10

Overall the qualifications you will gain from this apprenticeship are extremely valuable and the training you receive in your training college will provide vital knowledge for your role on site. Skills based around Electrical engineering or Mechanical Engineering will become more relevant on site as you begin to specialise into more relevant roles.

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.)

8/10

Extra curricular activities are limited however the options available can provide you with great opportunities. The employee learning scheme can provide employees with up to £250 to experience any of the listed learning opportunities or experience days. This can include learning to drive, getting your motorcycle CBT or even learning to play tennis or learning to kayak.

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

Yes

9b. Why?

The apprenticeship allows you to gain extremely valuable knowledge, experience, qualifications and memories. You can get paid to learn and develop new and existing tools whilst having fun and making good friendships. Generally, the workload is well balanced and doesn’t impede on your social life too much (it won’t at all if you manage your time effectively).

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

Make sure you get your results (GCSE or A-level) and make sure you’re punctual and professional at any assessment day or interviews. Pay attention thoroughly in assessment days as there will be things that may catch you out. Try to get as much experience as you can before applying, whether this is mechanical or electrical.

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