Higher Apprentice, Design Model Operations at Jaguar Land Rover

Start Date:
Gaydon East Midlands
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£26,000 annually
Review Date:
April 2015

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


CAD engineer for Design model operations. Generating B surface geometry from A class surfaces to produce function design verification models.

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


Yes, attained foundation degree in automotive engineering, working towards a full sponsored degree currently. Also achieved many Performing enineering operations qualifications. Personal/professional development wise I have learne CAD skills currently undertaking and advance CAD course and working towards becoming an NLP master through the company.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


The work team is fantastic, the learning opportunities are unreal, i really enjoy this programme.

4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?


Mostly valued within the department though the company is large so external value isn't noticed so much. Within the apprenticeship scheme there are plenty of opportunities to feel valued if you get involved with apprentice events.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


Fairly unorganised, I am in the first year of the programme and so a lot of the course is being organised as and when it comes, this can be fairly unsettling though should improved for later years.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


The training provider provides an industrial training manager who i liase with every 6 weeks. These meetings allow us to discuss any issues past and present, i find this very helpful.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


The support i receive is second to none. All colleges are willing to help if asked. The support from management is generally great.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


Fairly well, the salary is great for apprentice wages but the cost of living is really high also. The company pays a lot for the trianees i feel any full time job may struggle with living costs on their own.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


Yes. plenty of opportunity for personal/professional development. some departments may have departmental development days. There is the ELS scheme that allows a course to be paid for out of work for training and development.

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


9b. Why?

Its a fantastic company with plenty of opportunities to be the best you can be.

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

The application process is rigorous, be yourself and ensure you are displaying the fact you have all the competencies JLR are looking for such as teamwork and a dedication to learning.

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