1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Support workers on the production line in the production of engine components (cranks,heads,blocks). This involves operating the machines and inspecting the parts, with the occasional maintenance job.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Learn something new everyday, however, as being a maintenance apprentice, maintenance activities are not practised enough. (The EMC is a new factory and the machinery is still under vendor warranty).
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy working in a brand new facility and the people that work here are great people to learn from.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
I feel that the company does value its employees, as the environment we work in is very safe. However, training does seem to be sparse and should happen more regularly (especially for apprentices).
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The apprenticeship programme I am on was very structured in the first year (at college), however, currently on the second year I feel there is still a great deal to learn, and the learning opportunities are few and far between, again because of the infancy of the new factory.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We have an on site apprentice manager [This section of the comment has been removed by a member of the RateMyApprenticeship Team because it did not meet our site terms and conditions] who works for EEF (training provider), who is a massive help to us, and can help sort any problems we have.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I do receive support from JLR for any problems I have, apart from apprenticeship problems, in which have to be addressed by the apprentice team. We very rarely see or hear from them, which can be frustrating when trying to sort out minor problems such as overtime/pay issues.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The pay on the apprenticeship is excellent. I manage to fund mortgage payments and a new car and still have lots left over.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
9. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend?
Even though it pays very well, I think that the learning opportunities for an apprentice are not good enough here, as I sometimes feel that I am missing a lot of basic knowledge and can sometimes feel unsafe/unconfident.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover?
Make the most out of the learning at college, as it may be all you get!
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