1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role within the company is a PTME controls engineer. This involves selecting the right machines for the job in hand and making sure that they are implemented and installed correctly, following them through to buy off. I interact with many different departments following any issues or finding any information needed. Everyone within the company is very respectful and willing to help and take you under their wings.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt more about the ways in which the company runs and produces products. I have also built on many educational skills, such as maths. Also this apprenticeship has contributed to my confidence and problem solving. I am still going through training so a lot of my skills have not yet been discovered and others will continue to grow. My practical skills have been boosted dramatically, i have been doing various different manufacturing process and been building new skills that can be used outside of work. New subjects have been hard at the start such as thermo-fluids but i have overcome this problem with colleagues. It has also made me want to fork of into different projects and learn new skills outside of work.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I am enjoying the programme, i feel very lucky to be apart of a successful company. there have been a few issues with the course due to different direction in the way the course is progressed, but they have all been overcome and kept us on track to achieve our goals. Everyone has integrated well as a team.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
It all depends on what context. We are a big asset to jaguar land rover and they are putting a lot of time and money into creating outstanding engineers. There are a lot of apprentices so feeling valued from managers on a one to one basis is very rare but that's what you would expect when there is such a big intake. there are plenty of people to help if there is an issue with the course or other problems, they are always there and will help in anyway they can. It is a work based programme so you should not be looking for approval from managers etc, you should always be working to the best of your ability and doing the best you can achieve.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
the induction of the programme was very thorough, they went through everything you need to know about the company and training facilities. The only downside was the way in which the jobs were given, it was done on how well you did in the assessment center where everyone was trying to show off their abilities and get themselves recognised. But everyone excels at different things down to age, education and upbringing. so if you didn't do well in the assessment center you were not given the job that you were wanting even though your qualifications and nature of thinking lead to another job. such as being mechanically swayed and being put into an electrical based profession. this is only one down side in the whole of the apprenticeship the support and training you get is excellent, with regular meeting with you internally based training manager.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
our training provider will always try to overcome any problems we encounter and make our training correct for us. they are all very understanding and will help us in anyway they can.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
we have a team to cater for any problems we encounter and have regular meetings with our itms to check that we are achieving and that we are happy with the course. we also are bale to use the occupational health support and the hr teams if we need to. the support we get is really good as there is a complete apprenticeship team dedicated to helping us.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
It all depends on where you want to live and what you want to spend your money on. not many people are used to this amount of money as we are all still young. the money will cover living but if you want a brand new car, living cost, social life, travel etc then it would be pushing it. We do get a pay rise every 6 months if we are meeting the expectations of the team.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
because the company is so big there are many opportunities that are not available as they will already be filled up. also due to age there are certain things you cannot experience such as driving days etc. i myself have been invited to the innovation challenge which i attended and enjoyed but i'm sure there are other events etc that we do not know about due to not being in plant all the time.
9. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend?
because the company is doing so well at the moment and is one of the best apprenticeships you can get into. The training provided and the money payed is to the highest standard and they are always looking for ways to improve.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover?
throw yourself in and do everything to the best of your ability. if you are going to do a job you need to do it to the best of your ability. Get plenty of work experience and show that you are self motivated and will be a great asset to the company.
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