Raisa at Jaguar Land Rover

7.6 /10
Programmes Offered: Degree Apprenticeship Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3) Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
Locations: North West West Midlands
Industry: Engineering

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Raisa

Raisa

Maintenance Apprentice Raisa

I’m a Maintenance Engineer in my second year of the Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Pathway. I was looking at a variety of Apprenticeships, but I chose Jaguar Land Rover because they are one of Britain’s largest car manufacturers and the structured and detailed Apprenticeship programme really appealed to me and my working style.

I was looking at a variety of Apprenticeships, but I chose Jaguar Land Rover because they are one of Britain’s largest car manufacturers and the structured and detailed Apprenticeship programme really appealed to me and my working style.

At the moment, I’m looking after about 80 robots, plus the complex overhead and conveyor system that all work together to paint every vehicle at our on-site paint facility. Watching the actual vehicle go through the whole paint process, and coming out a finished painted body ready for assembly never fails to amaze me.

One of the greatest aspects of being on any of the Apprenticeship programmes, is the support you get to succeed. I started with a year at the training provider at Aston, but my development has only increased since being on-site in Solihull. As well as the training and development that happens in my current role, I’m also learning so much by being involved in a variety of external associations.

I sit on the National Society of Apprentices (NSoA) leadership team. We meet all over the UK for conferences 4 times a year to discuss the ‘apprentice voice’ and how apprenticeships across all industries can be more inclusive, diverse, structured and benefit apprentices as well as their employers.

And because of my apprenticeship with JLR I have also been able to apply for the new intake of the Institute for Apprenticeships panel. This has been set up by the government to review and make recommendations to the Institute’s Funding Committee on whether or not to approve apprenticeship proposals, standards and assessment plans, make recommendations on funding bands for apprenticeship standards and supporting the review of existing apprenticeship standards.

I am also regularly requested to attend different STEM and diversity events for early years. I spend a lot of time volunteering at the onsite education centre, speaking with students of all age groups, from primary school students to 6th formers.

My proudest moment was being awarded the Top 50 Female Apprentices in Engineering has added a very exciting twist in my career very early on. Being recognised by my training provider, my managers and Jaguar Land Rover has been very rewarding and has motivated me to continue excelling in my career.

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