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The key thing I’ve really enjoyed is feeling trusted and valued by my team

“I started my Engineering Degree Apprenticeship at the age of 22 – after studying robotics at Uni. I’ve worked on a number of projects during the programme – including four years in the Safety Team and have been a mentor to younger apprentices. Since finishing my degree, I have now secured a role as a CAD/AVA engineer. This is perfect for me – I love CAD and enjoy problem solving and working out how components integrate logically into our vehicles.

One of the key challenges for me during my apprenticeship was my confidence levels and self-belief. I am a shy and quite self-critical person and over the years with Jaguar Land Rover – through presenting, mentoring, and networking – I have really learnt how to push myself and become a much more confident person. My managers have always understood my personality and supported & guided me throughout the programme.

The key things I’ve really enjoyed is feeling trusted and valued by my team – and being given the freedom to do the work needed. I’ve also really enjoyed mentoring colleagues – it’s great when you see other apprentices develop in their CAD and technical skills and go from strength to strength.

The apprenticeship was the best move I’ve made – you are trusted and get to work on real projects whilst gaining a degree. My only regret – I wish I’d heard about it earlier!”

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I’m gaining a high level of experience – it really has been my dream job

‘My father, who is very business minded, encouraged me to apply for an Apprenticeship rather than just go to Uni. It felt like the right thing to so and I applied to Jaguar Land Rover.

From initial application through to the assessment day – the process was efficient. The induction to the company was outstanding – and it was quite surreal to see what the business is working on.

I’m halfway through my Apprenticeship and I’m gaining a high level of experience – it really has been my dream job. Its challenging work and the amount I am learning is amazing – but I’m proud of what I’m achieving.

One of the highlights of my time here has been meeting my team. My supervisor is incredibly supportive, and I feel trusted and respected by everyone. At times I forget I’m an Apprentice. My advice to anyone thinking of applying – be flexible and openminded. There are so many opportunities here if you’ve got the abilities and mindset to succeed.’

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Apprentice, Business Area, Early Careers, Engineering, Home Page, Software

I learn things I wouldn’t be taught in a classroom environment

‘You really do experience the best of both worlds on a Degree Apprenticeship – gaining real industry experience whilst gaining a brilliant qualification.

So far, the programme has been engaging and interesting. People in my team share their knowledge about their roles – and I learn things I wouldn’t be taught in a classroom environment. They share information and skills that allow me to develop the projects and tasks I’m involved in. Giving up their time to do this speaks volumes.

At the moment I’ve been assigned to a programming project so that I can get familiar with the software we use. It’s a great learning curve as I had no knowledge of this area before and have been given the time to research everything, I need to carry out the project effectively.

I’ve realised I’ve got to be really organised on the apprenticeship. When working in the office I can’t forget about my Uni work or assignment deadlines. It’s important to constantly keep on top of things. I’ve also taught myself to be patient and not rush projects as there are going to be so many amazing opportunities throughout the programme.

I’ve had some great support in my first year and have been in the office more that I’d expected – which is great. This year for me is all about settling in and learning from my team. I’m looking forward to getting involved in more projects and placements. The apprenticeship matures you and, being around professionals every day, allows you to develop in a business role much earlier than you would if you are just at Uni. A degree from the University of Warwick, a salary and world class industry experience – what else could you ask for in an apprenticeship’

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I have really enjoyed learning about the business in many different areas

‘I have always been interested in cars and engineering so for me a natural progression from my A-Levels was into an apprenticeship within the car industry and the apprenticeship Jaguar Land Rover offered was by far the best with regards to qualifications and future in the industry.

I have really enjoyed the apprenticeship and learning throughout the business in the many different area’s powertrain offers. I have also enjoyed the training courses I go on which not only help in my day-to-day job role but also give me a wider knowledge base.

Highlights have definitely been working throughout the business and getting to know many of the teams. But from that I would say my highlight has been being included in the Apprentice Rep team for the higher apprentices and being able to be the voice for my cohort.

My advice to anyone applying this year would be to research which apprenticeship avenue you want to go down as there are multiple available and find the right on for you.’

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There are so many opportunities to learn in all aspects of engineering

‘My degree apprenticeship has been both varied and exciting. I have worked in so many areas of engineering here – including AVA (Associative Vehicle Architecture), climate control systems, the quality team, and the Advanced Product Creation Team – creating tech packages for our vehicles.

I finally spent a couple of years in the Climate Thermal Fluids team – looking at how we are getting cabin cooling & heating systems into our products – and now my degree is finalised I have signed a contract to become a Climate Thermal Fluids Systems Engineer.

I’ve enjoyed so many different aspects of the programme. I was recently involved in some test and development work and travelled to Italy to test the cabin & battery cooling performance – and this year I’m off to Sweden to assess the cabin heating performance. I work a lot in a climatic wind tunnel where we replicate different environments but it’s great to go to a country and test in real customer conditions.

The highlights of my degree apprenticeship? I have seen so many different parts of the business and experienced the massive variety of engineering projects that Jaguar Land Rover are involved in.

The challenges? I would say it can be tricky balancing studying for a degree with a full-time job – as you have a similar workload to other engineers in business. But I am so glad I did a degree apprenticeship- there are so many opportunities to learn and grow in all aspects of engineering. It’s phenomenal.’

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