Rob told us:
"The Jaguar Land Rover Technical Apprenticeship Programme was first brought to my attention by a Schools careers advisor who had assessed my strengths and interests. I was technically minded and had a passion for cars so the opportunity to fix and maintain vehicles as a job instantly interested me. I was progressed through the application process and after attending an interview, I was offered the position as a Service Technician Apprentice.
During my Apprenticeship I attended the Jaguar Land Rover Academy on Block Release for eight weeks of the year. Whilst I was not at the Academy, I was developing my knowledge within the work place, utilising the help provided by a mentor who directed and guided me.
After I completed the Apprenticeship I took part in "Challenge Africa" Zambia on behalf of Land Rover. This involved aiding the local community by painting orphanage classrooms and the servicing of local Land Rover Defenders to name a few tasks.
To celebrate successfully finishing the Apprenticeship Programme, I then attended the Jaguar Land Rover Awards ceremony with family and friends. It was an opportunity to have my achievements recognised and celebrate my hard work over the past three years.
After finishing the Apprenticeship Programme I stayed with my employer for a further 2 years. Due to the company relocating, I pursued new employment and was able to use my skills and qualifications which easily transitioned to Technician roles with other brands outside of Jaguar Land Rover.
Later on an opportunity became available at a Local FE college as an Instructor Technician. This was something that interested me as I had always enjoyed helping people to develop within their role and with their careers. My new role later saw me progress again to become a Motor Vehicle Lecturer and then Course Manager. During my time with the collage I participated in the delivery of classroom based training, the teaching of qualifications and the associated assessment of learners.
Once I felt I had achieved everything that I could from the role I decided to look for an alternative position to further my career.
A role became available at the Jaguar Land Rover Academy as a Service Technician Apprentice Trainer which I was drawn to as I had knowledge on the brand’s vehicles and technologies. Naturally I was also attracted due to my affinity with the brand, something that had stayed with me since my days as an apprentice. I was successful in my application and I have been working at the Academy since 2016, aiding and guiding the new apprentices and kick starting their careers.
I have come full circle in my career and get a real buzz from supporting learners to achieve their ambitions and influence their decision making".