Tool and die maintenance at Jaguar Land Rover

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£438 weekly
Review Date:
May 2019

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Review Score

7.1 /10

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


I am a toolmaker/tool and die maintenance at JLR and this entails rectifying and maintaining any break down and upkeep of the tooling used in the press shop. I use hand grinders, surface grinders, milling machines, lathes and many more equipment. We spend time in live open cells in the workshop and this requires lock out procedures also.

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


I have learnt how to be precise and accurate to within 0.001 of an inch. I have learnt how metal flows when under intense pressure and heat. How to become a bench fitter and machinist in the tool room and how to maintain a clean work environment and to reinstate the workshop to the 5S standard.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy the atmosphere of the toolroom as it has a very old school feel to it tied with new practises and standards, it is a very friendly environment and you tend to work in groups of two to three depending on the job, you may also be expected to work independently on jobs which is good to know you can be trusted.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


My personal experience is that the programme has not been very well organised, especially the transition period of leaving college full time to enter the toolroom. This should have been alot smoother with more contact previous to being allocated to the workshop full time. Also the college have not had contingencies in place for when teachers are off ill and this caused disruption to the layout of the course. With our college site moving during our course we were used as guinea pigs to test the functionality of the new site.

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


I have recieved alot of support from JLR during my apprenticeship. This has come in various forms such as guidance from fellow colleagues out of their time who are the experts on the tools. Also the group leader and supervisors are very understanding and approachable in halewood. You never feel uncomfortable in learning the trade as it must become frustrating sometimes for the people teaching.

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


Support is always available if needed during the training programme from the training provider however as this is a separate company to JLR the rules are different and also sometimes you feel like you are back in school and sometimes you can feel you are treated like a child which can become very condescending. However when it comes to assignments and tasks they are more than happy to help

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


I believe that the qualification is catered to electrical mechanical students and not towards toolmakers. The subjects reflected sometimes have little or no relevance to my job role in JLR. In the past I believe the ratio of toolmakers to elec/mech students was alot smaller therefore maybe they did not feel the need to cater as much for toolmakers.

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.)


There are many clubs that you can join through JLR and also there is an employee learning scheme which gives you a chance to try something new. You can apply through JLR to attend things such as golf lessons, advanced driving courses, group activies and many more. There is also a social club available.

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


9b. Why?

It is a career for life, you can learn a professional trade with the qualifications needed and there is always opportunities to better yourself and more up the ladder if you want to. You also make friends for life as the work environment is fantastic and the people make the place a privilege to work for.

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

Don't give up if you don't make it the first time, keep trying to get in as it is a very competitive apprenticeship to apply for. Research about the company before applying and there are a lot of tips on what the employer is looking for in a possible candidate on there own website

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