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Meet Our Pioneering Apprentices – Day 3 of 5

Simon FitzGerald is a Fifth Year Degree Apprentice in Electrical Engineering. Originally from an IT background, Simon is now an experienced member of our electrical team, and is working towards a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Warwick.

“For the past couple of years I have delivered the Interior Sensing Platform (ISP), ensuring high quality software delivery from suppliers, as well as making sure we have a robust plan to resolve technical issues. I planned the scope and delivery of upcoming software releases, analysing changes in requirements, resolving technical issues and tracking actions at a project level.”

“After leaving college I completed an IT apprenticeship and worked as an IT engineer for a few years. This served me well as it offered further learning opportunities and the prospect of real work with earning potential. Upon completing my IT apprenticeship, I soon felt I was lacking a challenge at work and began looking at future prospects including a new job role, university and higher apprenticeships.”

“The Jaguar Land Rover programme was absolutely the best option for me. I was excited to learn new skills that would be relevant to my career in engineering, whilst being challenged and rewarded for my efforts every day. Back then there wasn’t such a wide range of apprenticeships to choose from, so it’s been great to see the growth in popularity over the last five years.”

“What advice would I give to my younger self? ‘Go for it!’ In my experience, you will be rewarded for being pro-active in seeking out new opportunities and asking challenging questions both inside and outside the organisation. Initially I was more reluctant to speak up, particularly when dealing with suppliers. It was a daunting prospect to challenge engineers far more experienced than myself on what they were delivering. I was cautious about being seen as inexperienced, but the culture here really rewards that technical curiosity and drive. My professionalism and determination to improve our products has been met with incredible support and as a result I have achieved more than I ever thought possible.”

“What I love most about Jaguar Land Rover is the challenges that I face daily in this organisation. Every day is different, enabling me to develop and hone new skills in constructive and valuable ways.” 

Simon is on the Degree Apprentice programme. To find out more about the Advanced, Higher and Degree Apprentice programmes we currently offer at Jaguar Land Rover, check out our careers website.

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Software in the West of Ireland

Why do you like it here at the Ireland software hub?

I like it here because it’s new, there is a sense of excitement. Every month we have new people starting and they’re all bringing different experiences. Everyone is excited to get projects off the ground and start something from scratch. It’s not something that many software engineers get to do in their careers. Here, everyone has the freedom to figure out where they fit into the software stack, or even software at Jaguar Land Rover which is unusual to have.

The ethos and attitude here is one of friendship, everyone is welcoming. There is a sense that if you have any questions you could ask anyone and if they can they will, if they can’t they’ll point you in the direction of someone who can.

Working in a cutting edge area like autonomous driving, things that I would never have thought of before don’t seem impossible, a world where cars are shared or self-driving is perfectly feasible and will definitely happen. Things like your accounts, logins or payments being enabled in car doesn’t seem outrageous.

What advice would you give to someone looking to join Jaguar Land Rover in the West of Ireland?

I would say be yourself, if you’re natural and genuine you’ll leave a better impression than someone who’s trying to be smarter or more experienced than they are.

Rehearse your CV, make sure you can talk about what you’ve written down.

What advice would you give to someone starting a career in software engineering?

Keep your GitHub up to date, if you can show that you’ve thought about code that’ll be relevant.

Also, because technology and the tools we use are changing so quickly keep on top of online courses such as Udacity. Some of them may not give qualifications but they show just how interested you are.


Join the team in our West of Ireland Software Hub.

At Jaguar Land Rover Ireland you will have the opportunity to design, develop and shape the future of autonomous, connected, electrified and electronic systems with two of the world’s most prestigious, premium, and luxury automotive brands.

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Graduate Electric Racing Team

After a very successful season last year and with over 100 cars attending this race, the pressure was on but the team certainly delivered in true Driven Style. Their lead car, named Zev, continued to set the pace taking the chequered flag with a huge 2.5 minute gap to the second place car.

The Driven team is made up of graduates, undergraduates and apprentices. It has been running for the last 10 years and in that time each team has designed, built and raced their own electric race car. This season they are racing two cars, ZeV and D-17, that run off a 24V DC motor powered by two 12V batteries and are built completely from scratch by the team.

The series is run by the Greenpower Education Trust, which is backed by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). The organisation predominantly works to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through a challenge to design build and race an electric car.

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Next Generation Formula E Car

Unveiled at the London Design Museum, the Jaguar I-TYPE 3 replaces the I-TYPE 2, with the team hoping the bold new technology and innovation will propel them to the front of the pack. As part of the ‘Race to Innovate’ mission, Panasonic Jaguar Racing has developed the entire powertrain in-house meaning the car is more efficient that the outgoing model.

The biggest improvement to the new Jaguar and all the Formula E cars is the battery technology, as the cars will last the duration of the race without a swap mid-way through the race.

Team Director James Barclay said: “We expect the introduction of the new Generation 2 Formula E race cars and revised sporting regulations to result in a very close season of racing. We believe we are the first team to develop our powertrain entirely in-house, this gives us ultimate control in terms of design and development, and we hope this will put us at a competitive advantage.”

Season five marks the next chapter for Jaguar Racing’s electrification journey, as the I-TYPE 3 will be joined on the grid by the first all-electric production support series – the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY championship.