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.’

Culture and Values, Diversity & Inclusion, Home Page, People, Responsible Business

Pride was the first of our many networks to be set up within the business and getting involved in it has made me hugely passionate about my role in D & I.

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‘Our Network was set up as an informal group in 2017. I was originally involved in setting it up. It’s something I am extremely passionate about and felt it was something that the business was missing, and colleagues could benefit from.

When we started the group, we attended Student Pride and, in talking to other companies there, it became clear that as a business it would be something we could really make a difference in.

We soon formed a committee and had a launch event where over 150 colleagues attended. Over the years we have developed a Network that is made by employees for employees. We attend and support Birmingham Pride and celebrate important dates such as National Coming Out Day. The network has become an integral part of the business which is a real testimony to its importance. We are also Stonewall Diversity Members which has allowed us as a business, to become more inclusive for LGBTQ+ colleagues.

Pride was really the first of our many networks to be set up within the business and getting involved in it has made me hugely passionate about my role in D & I. All our networks help colleagues meet other people in the business that you otherwise may not get the opportunity to meet.

There are some super passionate people involved across the business and it’s amazing what you can achieve with a small group of likeminded colleagues.

Working from home during lockdown has had its challenges but we have kept our networks together with virtual events such as Lunch & Learns – which are open to the whole business, and we encourage Allyship so that anyone can join any network and find out more.’

Diversity & Inclusion, Home Page, People, Responsible Business

Introducing our new employee network – Care for Carers

‘Any employee who is a carer – whether paid or unpaid – can join the network. Our vision for the Care for Carers Network is to provide a network of support, advice and information to and for Carers. CfC will work to enable Carers to have an outlet to obtain guidance and enable them to value their own feelings and needs as well as the feelings and needs of the person they care for.

Many people are unaware of what support is out there for carers. This network signposts them not only to the internal support process but also what external help there is such as Carers UK. The end goal is to get Jaguar Land Rover involved with the Carers Rights Day which is held every year across the UK and hold events where carers from across the business can come together and discuss the challenges they have faced and how they have overcome them.

I am an unpaid Carer for my husband. The business has really supported me – with my manager and senior manager being flexible, allowing me to work from home but also giving me a listening ear when I was at work.’