1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a CAD engineer, based within the home team AVA body. No day is the same, but generally I am involved with project planning and feasibility meetings. We have a weekly team meeting. I also get involved with the Apprentice Forum to help progress the Apprenticeship. I also help out with CAD work. Sometimes I have the opportunity to go on Supplier Visits or I get to visit different departments within JLR, for example. the Materials Lab.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am working towards my FDeg in Engineering L4. I have completed a number of training courses, such as, creativity and innovation, and personal professional development. I also completed the CATIA V5 training course and Class 2 Driving Test to enable me to drive company cars.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I sometimes find it challenging as I have never worked within a corporate environment before, however, I do find all co-workers friendly and helpful. I have also found that if I am curious about something or I want to experience or see something my manager tries his hardest to make it happen.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
I feel appreciated and more valued as time goes on. When we first arrived the Apprenticeship framework wasn't very established, however, it is constantly improving. Externally everyone thinks being on the Apprenticeship is incredible since it was such tough competition to get onto it. Departments have been good at ensuring that I am involved within the team and get given plenty of tasks and personal projects to make be feel valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It is improving - it was pretty none existent when I first started.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive the support I require, however College can be challenging sometimes with insufficient support.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Extremely well. I feel very lucky.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are lots of opportunities. The only opportunities lacking are Sporting Teams. I am local so I already have dance teams and friends and lots to be doing when not working.
9. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend?
It is an incredible opportunity to make your dream of becoming an Engineer come true. The salary also enables you to play hard - you can go on holidays, enjoy your spare time by doing things like going out to dinner, and if your passion is Engineering you get to see leading, cutting edge engineering and network within an amazing contact list.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover?
Make sure that you choose your Job Role wisely in the first week. To remember that your manager has a job to fulfil too so don't await on them to give you task to do, take it on your own back and find opportunities for yourself at the same time.
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