1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work as a Programme Supplier Technical Assistance Engineer. I work with suppliers to ensure that they are prepared for forthcoming car launches: this means ensuring that they can produce the right components with the correct level of quality - and that they are able to produce the right quantity. I spend my working day in communication with the suppliers, attending meetings regarding the progress of the car, and reporting back on the status of those suppliers that I care for.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am currently in the second year of my foundation degree, and currently studying materials, operations management, and working on a project. I have previously studied mathematics, business, manufacturing and logistics amongst other subjects. Within my work setting I have had courses on a number of internal software packages, and also on our own processes. It has been especially important for me to develop my communication skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I very much enjoy my work. The team that I am working with is very experienced and a pleasure to work with and learn from; they are always willing to assist me when I need further advice. The company culture is very open and helpful.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
I do feel valued by Jaguar Land Rover. My manager is encouraging and supportive and tells me when I have done well. I have been able to get involved in a number of projects which have enabled me to further my own career, as a result.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I underwent a comprehensive induction process over the course of a week, with further initial entry training as I moved to different areas. My study is well supported with regular time not only in college but also in the workplace. I have a dedicated industrial training manager who conducts regular reviews and is always contactable should I need help or advice.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive a great deal of support from my training provider, Warwickshire College. The lecturers are always contactable and happy to answer questions and help with explanation of challenging concepts. Unfortunately there has been some change of lecturer mid-semester; the replacements have always done their utmost to offer the best support from he start.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer, Jaguar Land Rover, is extremely supportive. It has been made clear that assistance in all areas, from eduction to personal problems, is available through the standard channels; the method of accessing this support, such as through Employee Learning or Occupational Health, was explained during the induction. My industrial training manager and my manager are both available should I require support.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I am very lucky: I live only 1 hour away from my place of work. My salary is plenty to cover the commute as well as rent to my parents and I am able to build up savings towards a house deposit; the salary and package are very suitable for saving and planning for my future. The various company locations are all easy to locate from a central location.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I have been invited to take part in voluntary opportunities both through my study and through work. There is reduced costs available for a number of local sports clubs. Reduced price for tickets to a number of sporting events have also been made available, including the Royal Windsor Horse Show and Badminton.
9. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend?
I truly believe that this is the best apprenticeship in the industry to get onto; the salary is excellent, the work is engaging and there is plenty of opportunity to improve myself and to go on to a positive career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover?
During the assessment day, I would advice potential apprentices to ask as many questions as possible.
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