1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Assisting maintenance and controls engineers around the shop floor. Aiding and taking notes during faults. Helping fix components or reassemble machinery for use on the production line or elsewhere. Each day is different, which is great.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I've learnt a lot of new skills. I've been taught how to weld, how to safely wire, how to read wiring diagrams, how to use various tools such as an angle grinder, a grinding wheel, a pillar drill, a multi-meter etc.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy the programme. It offers such a vast range of opportunities, experiences, information and life lessons from some brilliant engineers. Most people are more than willing to give you their time and teach you what they know. At times it can be tough and very daunting being thrown into such an intense environment at such a young age but you soon settle in and find your feet.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
I do feel valued. As they say "We are the future" and there is definitely recognition given for outstanding performances.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Relatively well. There have been times when plans or criteria's have been vague/wrong/last minute or just not known at all which has been frustrating. However I do realise the higher apprenticeship is a very new course and JLR are still finding their feet. That said, organisation has definitely improved and become a lot more stable since the start of the apprenticeship.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Enough. He is always there to discuss issues and raise any burning questions with. The fact that I haven't personally had many doesn't retract from my training providers support. We have relatively regular meetings to catch up since our last encounter and check everything is going well.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
They provide many opportunities to raise any issues, and provide dedicated staff to attend to apprentices. No problems with support.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Pretty well! I am able to comfortably live away from home and run a car whilst having enough disposable income to be happy.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, lots of opportunities to attend events, go to local schools or colleges, innovation days, lectures.
9. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend?
Because it offers an apprenticeship scheme that can be tailored to your strengths. It offers a vast range of qualifications, opportunities and the potential for a life long career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover?
Do your research on the company, work hard at school, don't expect it to be easy and take every opportunity given to you.
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