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Apprentice, Early Careers, Home Page, People, Software, Technology

It’s a great environment to ask questions and develop myself.

Software Engineer Jack Young talks about the responsibility that Jaguar Land Rover has given in during his apprenticeship:

“Of all the apprenticeships I applied for, JLR was the first interview I attended and ended up being my top choice so I’m incredibly grateful to have been given the opportunity to work here.

I have always been a bit of a geek, having studied Computer Science at both GCSE and A Level. I tend to always get drawn to the techy side of things, even while working as a lifeguard I seemed to assume the role of tech support so it’s not surprising that I have ended up where I am.

I have always been keen to learn about and have the latest technology. Jaguar Land Rover really helps me fulfil that desire. We are more than just are a car company now and it shows in the work that I have been doing; it feels great to be able to push such an iconic company further towards the future.

It has been difficult to keep up with all the new technologies being used within the company and adapting my basic knowledge of programming to the automotive world, but everyone at JLR and the University of Warwick have provided a great environment to ask questions and develop myself. I have already had the opportunity to lead a feature’s development from a marketing idea all the way to designing the software; I struggle to believe many companies would let a first year apprentice do work like this. It is amazing how much responsibility I have been given having only been here for 16 months.

On the other side of things, I was invited to talk on two podcasts and even speak on a panel at the Higher & Degree Apprenticeships Conference in December 2019. Within 4 months of starting the course, I was given the opportunity to network with people from many different industries and job roles and it has been a great way to develop myself.

There has been a great balance of technical and professional development and I have really appreciated that.”

Apprentice, Early Careers, Home Page, People, Software, Technology

There’s always someone to talk to.

Ellen, one of our DTS Apprentices in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) tells us about one of her favourite parts of life at JLR:

“I was keen to get involved with the apprentice forum since I first started at JLR. They hosted a great tour around Gaydon for us and set us up in a ‘Buddy system’ so we had an older apprentice to talk to.

Unfortunately, at the time, this was limited to just the EVE (electrical and vehicle) department so I knew some friends of mine had missed out. This is what inspired me to get involved in the forum so that we could expand our outreach to future apprentices in all departments. I was able to get involved as both the social rep and as one of the two DTS reps.

This has been one of my favourite parts of joining the business as I have been able to meet many more people than I otherwise would have. So far this year, my friend and I have set up a cohort wide buddy system and organised a small, socially distanced meet up for the new apprentices. In the future, I hope to organise a variety of activities/sports events/nights out/learning/relaxing events for apprentices in all years.”

Apprentice, Early Careers, People, Software, Technology

I love the fact that I get paid to learn.

Claudia, one of our Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprentices in Infotainment talks about her experience so far of working at Jaguar Land Rover.

“I’m a bit of a car freak, so wanting to work here was something that was high on my priority list. I’m not a brilliant abstract learner. What I mean by that is that I need to see and touch what I’m working on to understand it. JLR is brilliant in this respect, because I work in the infotainment area of development, which focuses on the experience our customers have in the vehicle.

Oh, and getting to take the cars home really helps. There are so many funky features on our vehicles it’s ridiculous. So I test the cars when I have them to see how my ideas work. And then report back on any suggestions for improvement.

We all think like a customer. That way we can imagine the excitement they feel when they buy one of our range of cars. The range of vehicles is amazing. But so are the range of people and roles that all work together to create the future of the car.

The investment in the people and the place we work is staggering. On any given project I’m surrounded by experts in all areas of tech. And I’m supported by a team and manager who help me do my best work.

They all understand that I’m here to learn. But I love the fact that I get paid to learn rather than at University where I could get into real debt.

Our customers want everything in their cars to make their life easier. What I love about working here is how hard everyone works to achieve this goal. It’s the perfect balance of challenge and support that I rate so highly.”

Apprentice, Early Careers, People, Software, Technology

I never considered a career within software.

With very little experience in coding, find out why Brennan, our Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprentice on the Software with Data pathway applied for the role:

“Originally, I never considered a career within software, I had very little coding ability. I was always set on a career in the automotive industry, but within mechanical engineering instead. Whilst looking around universities and degree apprenticeship opportunities, I spoke to some representatives for JLR’s Digital Technology Solutions degree apprenticeship at the University of Warwick WMG open day. Initially I dismissed the apprenticeship as I previously never considered software as a career path.

However, after listening to the presentations about the course, my eyes were opened to the vast range of opportunities that this apprenticeship would offer now and especially in the future.

My passion for the future of cars also led me to write an EPQ at the time, focusing on the development of cars through autonomous technology, electrification and much more.

Through researching into these technological advancements, I realised that taking this great opportunity would prepare me to become skilled and experienced in an evolving car industry actively shifting towards these technologies.

Looking back, I am incredibly thankful that I came to this realisation and I took the DTS apprenticeship opportunity. Despite me having only a low level of competence with writing code at the start of the course, this did not hinder me at all as this apprenticeship is much more than writing code. I have learnt so much through university and work even within my first year at the business. I have even had the privilege to collaborate with research, working on technologies that are five or more years ahead of their release. This experience further cements in my mind that I made the right choice going for this apprenticeship as when the future of the automotive industry is here, I will have the competence to thrive.”

Culture and Values, Responsible Business, Who We Are

Meet Talibah Coffield

My name is Talibah Coffield and I am the founder and chair of the Jaguar Land Rover Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) network.

Our vision for the network is to empower ethnic diversity within Jaguar Land Rover. Championing diversity we will strengthen innovation, win the war for talent, encourage a diverse senior management structure and enhance customer brand perception.

The automotive industry is going through one of the largest periods of transformation we have ever seen. Therefore it is vital Jaguar Land Rover has diversity of thought in its organisation to ensure that we continue to create revolutionary products, which will create experiences our customers love for life.

Jaguar Land Rover signing the Race at Work Charter is a significant milestone for many reasons.

We are the first car company to be featured on the list again highlighting how Jaguar Land Rover continue to be pioneers in the automotive industry.

It also shows our customers that diversity and inclusion is important to us as a brand.

But most of it all it is a commitment to our employees. It demonstrates that JLR know that racial equality in the work place is imperative. The Race at Work Charter consists of 5 principles and enables our organisation to make practical actions that will drive positive change.We are only at the start of the journey but initiatives like the BAME network and JLR signing the Race at Work Charter are all fundamental steps in guaranteeing the growth of success of Jaguar Land Rover.