Apprentice, Early Careers, Engineering, Manufacturing, Manufacturing Engineering, People

Meet Our Pioneering Apprentices – Day 2 of 5

Anjali Patel is a Higher Apprentice in Powertrain Test Operations. Currently in her second year of training, Anjali is working towards her Higher National Diploma (HND) and National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 4, specialising in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering and training to become a Technician in our engine test team.

“A typical day for me involves working on engine test cells, using specialist software to run various tests to assess engine performance, fuel economy and emissions. Training to become a technician in Powertrain Test Operations involves moving through a number of placements in Powertrain teams at Jaguar Land Rover’s headquarters in Whitley. I also spend one day a week at the Trident College in Leamington Spa, where I attend lectures towards my HND.”

“Before Jaguar Land Rover, I attended a girls’ grammar school where the traditional route after sixth form was University. At A-Level I studied Maths, Physics, Geography and Chemistry. When exploring next steps to take with these subjects, I knew I wanted to have a career in engineering where I could explore my problem solving skills and deploy my science-based mind set. An apprenticeship has always appealed to me as I’d gain first-hand experience and practical skills by learning ‘on the job’, as well as gaining nationally recognised qualifications which would help me to progress in my career.”

“As an apprentice, I get to work alongside experienced staff who help me develop specific skills, whilst earning a wage at the same time. If university is not the right path for you, an apprenticeship will allow you to start training in a real work environment, gaining relevant skills, experience and qualifications which can lead to a successful career in your chosen field.”

“The Jaguar Land Rover programme is well structured, resourced and supported and you play a part in creating cutting-edge technology for future premium vehicles. An apprenticeship at Jaguar Land Rover will put you in charge of your career and, by moving through various departments in the business, you can explore what you enjoy and find the best route for you.”

Anjali is on the Higher 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.

Manufacturing, Manufacturing Engineering, People, Undergraduate

The real faces of JLR – Haamid Adam


My name is Haamid and I study Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham.

During my time at Jaguar Land Rover, I was working within manufacturing, specifically within the Launch Quality department at the Solihull plant.

The biggest take-away from the placement for me was certainly the refinement of my soft skills, like leadership and project management. Having returned to university for my third year, I’m able to bring over these skills directly to my Design Project in a leadership capacity, which essentially involves creating a processing plant of some sort with a team of 5 engineers, from the ground up- daunting, I know!

I was also very fortunate to be able to witness the launch phase for some spectacular vehicles and understand the underpinning processes that drive production and manufacturing at JLR.

Overall, my commercial awareness of the automotive sector was really strengthened, and It’s this understanding that allowed me to gain a deeper insight Into the direction of where the automotive and mobility areas may be headed in the near future.


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Early Careers, Graduate, Manufacturing Engineering, People

Manufacturing Engineering – Prasana Uthayakumar

“One project I really felt proud being a part of was when I helped manage the service part requirements for the Defender, which led up to the process of ending the production of the vehicle. Attending the actual cessation ceremony in Solihull was emotional. It made me feel that I had really contributed to the run-out of one of the most iconic vehicles in British automotive history.

From the beginning, I knew I wanted to become a Project Manager working in the engineering environment. Jaguar Land Rover really gave me the confidence and experience I needed to further my education and pursue my career.

Currently, I’m working towards CEng with IMechE. I also did a module at the University of Warwick, where I obtained my APM Project Management qualification, which is internationally recognised.”