1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an apprentice launch engineer at Jaguar Land Rover. I work on programme timing plans and budgets on a daily basis. I also work on ensuring all the required vehicles are build in the pre production phases to the right specification. All my interactions are internal and which include discussions with marketing, the timing teams and internal vehicle customers such as FEU and vehicle engineering. So far during my time here i have enjoyed the experiences and work i have done.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed many new skills. In my first two years I have completed a foundation degree in Engineering. I have also done training courses for using a system called WERS within my work place and have done planning and decision making courses. Throughout my experience my communication skills have improved dramatically along with my confidence in the work place. In addition to all these things I also took part in an external snow boarding course that was paid for by the company.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my work on a daily basis and the varied problems that we face when looking at the launch of a new vehicle. I think that i get a decent amount of support from my team and managers. My team at work are all very friendly and helpful and I enjoy working with them. The company culture in my opinion is very healthy, with a overall positive, aim-high mindset. The programme has exceeded my expectations right from the beginning of my apprenticeship.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is really well organised I would say overall. I knew the layout for the apprenticeship over the 6 years from the first day. Any additional information is always communicated by my apprenticeship mentor with whom I have meetings on a 5/6 week basis which is really good. Task delegation in my team is clear with work schedules being produced at the start of the launch to show which member of the team would do which activity when.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Both my ITM (industrial training manager) who is a mentor in the apprentice programme and my manager at work are always available for support and guidance whenever i need them really. They are both always very positive when helping me and never make it feel at all like a burden. I am happy in the knowledge that an concerns that I voice I will have support and help on. I couldn't really fault the system, sometimes however my questions are difficult to answer and may not get resolved easily though.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Same as the previous question, both my ITM (industrial training manager) who is a mentor in the apprentice programme and my manager at work are always available for support and guidance whenever i need them really. They are both always very positive when helping me and never make it feel at all like a burden. I am happy in the knowledge that an concerns that I voice I will have support and help on. I couldn't really fault the system, sometimes however my questions are difficult to answer and may not get resolved easily though.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
My industrial training manager has helped me with my qualifications and i think having them explain and give one-to-one help with me has definitely helped my skills improve in various ways and in-turn helped me with performing in my various jobs at work. I think there are areas for improvement to be made but overall i think the education does benefit my job.
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.)
With work I have been involved in the JLR challenge which is a walking and outdoor activities challenge arranged by the company which involves camping over the weekend. I have also been in many CSR (corporate social responsibility) events which involve going to school in the area to inform students of the apprenticeship and spread the word. I am a member of David Lloyd leisure by my home which once I am 23 I will get company discount for. Before I started work I went to university but was tired of constant learning with no application.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend?
They are a brilliant company that care for their employees. The company as a whole is a positive place to work with daily challenges to keep you occupied. There is also so much opportunity within the business to move around and experience different departments as well as opportunities to move up the hierarchical ladder within each department. With the company expanding and building factories worldwide there are also opportunities to work abroad.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover?
My advice when applying would be to learn about the company and what we do. They should look at the possible work streams and make a decision around whether any of them look like they would be a good route for them. I would suggest that when going to the assessment centre they should stay calm and be informed, also remember that they are there to decide whether they really want the job as well as persuading JLR to hire them so ask any questions that they can think of.
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