1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
The integrated maintenance technician role is to operate and monitor machines. Occasional breakdown and repair work is to be done as required. Daily tasks revolve around understanding the machining process and how the machines function.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned many new skills, I have learned about CNC machining, pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical enclosures/motor control, gained an understanding of plc's and various fault finding techniques. City and guilds 2850 with PEO modules, first aid certificate, IOSH training.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy any aspect of my day when I am learning new skills. Unfortunately due to the infancy in my area of the business these skills can be difficult to gain. The majority of days spent in the business have not provided a productive learning environment. People within the business are friendly and easy to get on with. Although I have enjoyed it, the apprenticeship has not met my expectations. I would have expected much more hands on involvement in my pathway(maintenance) rather than being expected to operate machines.
4. How valued do you feel by Jaguar Land Rover?
On the whole Jaguar Land Rover is a good company to work for given what they have to offer but unfortunately apprentices are not really respected in terms of the businesses bigger picture. Often chances for training can be missed and the active effort to pass on information to the apprentices is severely lacking. Recognition is starting to improve but has a long way to go.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Induction was practically irrelevant for my area of the business. Training can be good but is often disorganised once leaving the college facility. Mentor system is virtually non existent. There are no specific goals or fous on apprentices within the business. Organisation is poor.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Th training provider is there for a certain element of support but largely we are left to our own devices. It would have been good to have more frequent meetings with our training provider.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Managers and HR ore needed if required within the building which can be convenient. They will support where they can but are limited to the support they can give.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Living costs are just about met.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are various fund raising events and activities within the company. few are. there is a learning scheme available to for the company to fund a wide range of courses.
9. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend?
The Salary at the end of the apprenticeship and the wide selction of skills to be learned.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover?
Make sure to get a very good understanding of what your day to day role will actually be before considering a placement. Enter the apprenticeship with an open mind and get as much out of it as you can.
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