1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Daily responsibilities include supporting the manufacturing team by ensuring the facility is running, this includes responding to breakdowns and carrying out repairs, carrying out preventative maintenance schedules during shutdown hours or improvement works. The final assembly environment is fast paced and there is a lot of pressure to get breakdowns repaired as quickly as possible, i enjoy this environment and the excitement of breakdown situations
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed my manual skills which i have gained from previous jobs but have gained a lot of new knowledge and found the learning at college to be an accurate representation of what i would encounter on the job. Although having learnt a little about a lot of subjects, I have not become specialised in one particular area which can be frustrating. I understand that the area I work in requires a vast array of knowledge and hope i can find a subject that i can focus on and learn in depth.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have met many friends during my apprenticeship which i will have long relationships with, i enjoy the team camaraderie at work and working with a wide range of different characters (good and bad). I enjoy learning and intend to continue my progression after my apprenticeship ends in a few weeks.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I found the organisation at college to be poor, understandably as a new qualification there were to be some stumbling blocks but on a whole the amount of time wasted was immensely frustrating at times. In work there is very little (if any) structure to my learning, i am quite driven to learn and find my own learning opportunities but someone who isn't as driven will easily float through 4 years without learning a great deal at all. This may be different in other areas but the nature of a trim and final assembly hall is that opportunities to get hands on are few and far between and some sort of development plan for apprentices which can provide tasks and direction would be extremely beneficial.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
If i have any issues there is always support where it is required. My ITM (not employed by JLR however) has been an integral part of me getting though my apprenticeship. The attitude towards apprentices can be quite poor sometimes with a stigma attached to engineers that have trained on the apprenticeship as not having real trades person skills; again this ties back to the lack of learning opportunities that apprentices are given and not specialising in a certain trade, in my opinion a disadvantage of multi skilled (mechatronics) training
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
My ITM has been a fantastic support and my point of contact between myself and EEF whilst at work. He is my first port of call should i have any issues with my learning, NVQ, or other personal matters and is always willing to help and can usually sort any issue I have.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I have been pleasantly surprised to find that many of the skills and knowledge i learnt at college were directly transferable when i got into work, one example of this is working on pneumatic circuits and reading pneumatic drawings which i have found useful on a number of occasions to locate faults.
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 company events that we are invited to or made aware of via bulletin emails, this may include volunteering events, business awareness, events in the local community, competitions, team improvement circle etc. My hobby is cycling and mountain biking and i have met a number of fellow keen cyclists who i ride with regularly now.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend?
Despite some shortcomings in the apprenticeship which I have already talked about, I feel the business as a whole provides some of the most promising job prospects in the UK at the moment and I would recommend any of my friends apply who may be looking for a secure and prosperous career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover?
The application process is long and quite intensive so i would say make sure you are mentally ready for the tests and assessments that you will be undertaking. Be yourself and be calm, i believe they are not looking for you to pass everything with flying colours but to see how you react and cope when things do not go to plan.
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