Design, Early Careers, People, Undergraduate

From day one, I have been taken seriously, as a valued member of the team.

‘During my placement at Jaguar Land Rover, I am part of the Interior Surfacing team. My department works to perfect all the interior surfaces the customer can see, balancing both design intent with manufacturing feasibility. After 3 months of training on a CAD software new to me, I am now working on live programs, helping to develop and finalise the A-surface geometry of interior parts for production. The team are always happy to help me, creating a really supportive environment in which to learn and develop my skills.

As well as gaining invaluable experience within my department, this opportunity has also offered the development of many professional soft skills, including presenting, teamwork, and project management. Gaining these skills at Jaguar Land Rover so early in my career, gives me great confidence in progressing further.

Additionally, the undergraduate programme has provided endless occasions to network with likeminded people at all levels of the business. From socialising with fellow Interns to presenting my work to senior designer’s, Jaguar Land Rover’s people culture has given me the chance to interact with and learn from everyone I meet.

From day one, I have been taken seriously, as a valued member of the team, being actively encouraged to contribute to the design and development of Jaguar Land Rover’s cutting edge vehicles. Having gained so much already, I’m excited for what lies ahead.’

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Design, Early Careers, Graduate, Home Page

Jaguar Land Rover is an incredibly supportive environment in which to work and learn.

‘I joined Jaguar Land Rover in November 2020 and was given 6 weeks of intensive training starting immediately so I could begin working on live projects independently as soon as possible. It was great to get involved straight away and I was made to feel incredibly welcome by the whole department.

After my training I was assigned a mentor, a lead surface engineer, to help guide me through the departmental processes and support me in my early meetings and projects. Having a mentor has really helped my transition into live project work without being thrown in the deep end and provides me with exceptional support when needed.

A surprising part of the graduate programme was the focus on personal development outside of my role. I was impressed to find Jaguar Land Rover’s dedication to increase personal skills such as confidence, communication and wellbeing within their graduates. New to the 2020 graduate scheme was the introduction of PERS (Professional Excellence Recording System), in which graduates record their personal development progress quarterly. This is then reviewed with their managers and mentors who provide valuable personal feedback and can help provide opportunities to improve in areas which may not be progressing as quickly as others.

At the end of my first year, PERS has helped me identify a lack of experience in managing the inputs of others within group projects. This was then raised in my quarterly meeting with my manager who has created the opportunity for me to gain more experience in this area going forward to my second year.

Alongside PERS, graduates have weekly interactive lessons on a range of personal development topics through ‘Ashorne Hill’. These sessions fit in around my work and help with skills such as presenting, self-awareness and project management. One of my highlights of the programme are the two-day classroom sessions run at the end of each term. These provide graduates with a chance to discuss and collaborate the terms topics with their cohort and instructors in the beautiful setting of Ashorne Hill in Leamington Spa.

The programme has been invaluable as my role incorporates continuously presenting ideas and proposals. My confidence has increased, I am much more efficient with my verbal and written communication, and more comfortable with hosting meetings which were 3 of the main topics from the first year.

Outside of formal training I have found that I can ask anyone within my team for help and they will happily take time out of their day to answer my questions and point me in the right direction. Jaguar Land Rover is truly an incredibly supportive environment in which to work and learn and I can’t recommend the graduate scheme enough. It will bring out the best in you.’

If you’re interested in joining one of our graduate programmes in 2022, applications are now open.

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Body Engineering, Design, Early Careers, Home Page, Undergraduate

I’d say the most exciting part of the role so far is the environment I’m working in.

‘Everything has been incredibly positive- at work and socially. In the office the team has welcomed me with open arms, the Early Careers team has done a fantastic job of setting up events so that we can all meet each other outside of work.

My role in Surfacing has been a steep learning curve. The programme we learn is so complex that we’ve had one-on-one training for 3 months. I’ve just graduated from that though and, having got to grips with the programme now, I can say it’s really rewarding and feels like a key role to finalise the design process.

I came from SolidWorks which is a parametric modeller and ICEM Surf I work with now is a freeform tool so it’s like a completely different language. Using nodes to control surfaces allows us to be incredibly accurate, which is the main priority for an A-Class Surfacer.

I’d say the most exciting part of the role so far is the environment I’m working in. The studios are state-of-the-art and the number of things I’ve seen that I can’t talk about really makes the role feel special! Moving forwards, I’m hoping to work on production vehicles so that in a few years, when the vehicles are out, I’ll be able to point and say, ‘I surfaced that.’

Applications for our undergraduate programmes are now open. Find out how you can define the future of movement here: Undergraduates (

Apprentice, Design, Diversity & Inclusion

Out of all the apprentice awards I’ve seen, this is the first award I’ve felt I really identify with.

‘Before Jaguar Land Rover, I was studying A-Levels & helping run my family’s market stall. On one side I had aspirations to study at uni, but on the other I really wasn’t interested in learning theory without applying it in a business environment.’

My most challenging – but rewarding – project so far has been as a lead engineer, working on underbody across XE, XF, F-Pace & Velar 21MY. At the time I felt out of my depth, but looking back at my work and my managers’ feedback I’m quite proud of my output. Also, shoutout to Paul MacMurdie, Mark Gawne-Cain and Steve Duddy for their support over that period.

I grew up 5 minutes away from the Castle Brom plant under the sunny skies of Erdington. So I do take pride working for a company that’s integral to my hometowns local economy. But the most important thing about my work is the people around me, and making sure they can do their job.

I’m very proud to say I’ve been shortlisted in the Judges’ Choice Category of the BAME Apprentice Awards.

Out of all the apprentice awards I’ve seen, this is the first award I’ve felt I really identify with. It’s also the first I’ve ever entered. Rather than an ‘extra category’ I see the BAME AAs as a centre of excellence. A focal point for people of all backgrounds to see, there’s space for them to succeed in apprenticeships. So, to win & represent the BAME AA amongst so many great apprentices would be a huge achievement for myself.

Finally, while I’ve experienced a lot of personal success, I’ve tried to remain conscious of not forgetting the struggles of others. Especially now that I’m in a position of privilege myself. For this reason if I was to win, I’d use the award to not only amplify my own voice, but also the voices of others. Regardless of race, sexuality and neurodiversity etc. As while I look forward to seeing BAME people progress, it won’t mean as much if we forget to bring those less represented than ourselves with us.’

Design, Early Careers, People, Undergraduate

Design Undergraduate – Joel Davis

How have you seen your role develop since you first started?

My first weeks were spent completing a training course in specialised surface modelling software. It was crucial to get an understanding of the software in order to work on the Class A models produced in surfacing. The course involved lectures, tutorials and exercises which lasted a total of three months. Once the course was completed, I was able to join production surfacing and worked as part of the interior team.

How would you describe a typical working day?

Parts are assigned to you by your manager or project leader. When you’re working on a project, you are given a responsibility to complete your part to a designer’s satisfaction, while reaching the engineering and manufacturing feasibility conditions. These conditions usually involve working to dye lines, manufacturing processes, material finishes and gap tolerances. You have regular interactions with the assigned designers from the studio as you create the different parts to their conception and specifications. Working in surfacing can be very independent as people focus on building up their parts. But people are friendly and always happy to help if you are stuck and are unsure what to do. They have years of experience and knowledge about the software and it is important to absorb as much as you can to increase your understanding.

What was a project you were proud to be part of?

One of the first projects was a new production car, my contribution towards this consisted of helping with the innovation of pieces of the interior trim. Another project I was involved in was an update for a car currently in production. This was a different experience as we could directly review the new models compared to the pieces on the current car and gauge the level of improvement. My involvement with this project included pieces all over the car in areas such as the instrument panel, console, steering wheel, and the front and rear doors. My contribution varied depending on each part. Some only needed minor adjustments to the new surfaces in order to meet specified release tolerances. Other parts required entire rebuilds that took extended periods of time to complete.

How would you describe the undergraduate community at Jaguar Land Rover?

There is a strong undergraduate community within Jaguar Land Rover. People first meet each other through the undergraduate Facebook page that you are added to once you’ve signed your contract. This was how I met my three other housemates. Once our placements began, social nights were also organised through this group.

What’s the best thing about being part of the Undergraduate Programme?

The best thing has been the skills and experience that I have gained since I have started. The amount of training and monetary resources invested in me by Jaguar Land Rover has been tremendous. The amount of time, effort and patience invested by my line manager, and members of the interior team has been outstanding. I have also found that within my role, you’re given real responsibility and work that has an effect on the actual cars.

How would you describe your placement to a friend?

Wonderful opportunity, invaluable skills and experience, CV boosting, foot-in the-door, real industry insight.