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JLR Degree Apprenticeship - Jamie's Story

By Jamie Thrippleton

If you're looking to pair further education with relevant industrial experience and tuition then a Degree Apprenticeship Scheme should definitely be something you consider when figuring out your next move after sixth form.

When coming to the end of Year 13, I no longer wanted to focus purely on academia, and instead I wanted to get out and experience what industry had to offer. As such I started to look at what apprenticeships were available and what the benefits were.

The cost of going to University was another thing I was anxious about, givem that my year was the first time when University fees had come into place. So the option to study, gain experience and earn all at the same time was a large incentive to consider other routes.

I am now in my 5th year (6 total) of the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Degree Apprenticeship Scheme and have completed both my Foundation Degree (2 years with industry experience) and 2.5 of my 4 years at Warwick University studying Manufacturing Engineering.

My time in JLR has been spent within the Power Train Manufacturing Engineering (PTME) department; more information available via this link. This department is responsible for delivering facilities globally to produce world class engines to all JLR vehicle manufacturing sites.

Throughout my time I have rotated through many of the teams within PTME to help develop production systems.

My involvement ranges from generating layouts for facilities to developing environmental systems, designing, installing and commissioning manufacturing equipment. Along with time spent working in the Forward Planning and the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies functions to help determine what the future of manufacturing looks like for the business.

Throughout this time I have in parallel, been undertaking studies at Warwick University in a range of subjects. These range from business focused topics such as Finance and Project Management to detailed engineering subjects such as Material Science, Control Systems and Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Some of the main positives of the course and why I chose this route are highlighted below:

  • Qualifications including BEng (Hons) Degree with industrial experience to support learning, which is sponsored in full by JLR.

  • Competitive salary with incremental increases to scale to full time engineer.

  • Industrial support from engineers.

  • Experience different departments of a leading business.

  • Opportunities to enhance technical and communicative skills whilst being given the responsibility to deliver projects.

  • Experience enabling applications to professional institutions.

Applications and all details relating to this are available on the Jaguar Land Rover Careers website available via this link.

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Last modified: Monday, 13 February 2017, 9:38 PM