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Case Studies

Joining an apprenticeship programme can be a big decision. It's important that you consider what the programme will be like and assess whether or not it will be right for you. Take a look at some of our apprentice and ex apprentice case studies to see what it's really like being part of the Jaguar Land Rover Apprentice Programme. Whether or not you have applied or are thinking about your application, please take some time out to read what our people have to say.

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Bethany Wise

Service Technician | Light Vehicle Maintenance Level 2
Stratstone Land Rover, Cheltenham
2nd Year

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What inspired you to pursue an apprenticeship?

I’ve always been a hands on person, always on the go, so sitting in a classroom on a typical college course didn’t appeal to me. An apprenticeship combines hands on working and relevant learning.

I really enjoy the working environment. Earning money and learning seemed like the way forward!

How did you apply and what was involved?

I was eager to find an apprenticeship role in the motor industry and spent lots of time online looking for the right one.

Once I’d applied I attended an interview with the retailer and completed a variety of assessments.

Who supported your application?

My parents supported me through my application as this was really important to ensuring that I gave myself the best chance of getting the apprenticeship. They’ve always encouraged me to achieve but at the same time making sure that I do something that I enjoy rather than worrying what others think I should be doing.

How’s your apprenticeship programme going so far?

It’s going really well. I have learnt so much in the past 2 years. The Jaguar Land Rover Academy has been really supportive, as have my employers. They have helped me learn at my own pace.

I’ve gained loads of confidence within the working environment and I enjoy going to work each day.

What are your plans once you have completed your apprenticeship?

I’d love to stay with the brand and to continue to gain more experience. I know there are lots more learning opportunities available beyond my apprenticeship.

I want to keep furthering myself and the aim is to become a master technician!

What message would you give to someone thinking of pursuing an apprenticeship?

I would highly recommend an apprenticeship. I’ve gained so much from being able to get hands on in the workplace and it’s great to be earning and working toward a qualification at the same time.

Sam Sadler

Service Technician | Light Vehicle Maintenance Level 2
Listers Land Rover, Hereford
1st Year

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What inspired you to pursue an apprenticeship?

I had considered Sixth Form and University but an apprenticeship appealed much more as I could do something I enjoyed.

It took me almost a year until I found the opportunity that I wanted with my local Jaguar Land Rover retailer.

How did you apply and what was involved?

I took my CV into my local retailer and introduced myself to them. This led to an interview with the Service Manager and eventually the offer of an apprenticeship a couple of weeks later.

Having the confidence to take my CV in made a big difference.

Who supported your application?

The support of my friends and family was really important. I also felt that I had the support of the retailer and this has played a big part in giving me the confidence to succeed.

How's your apprenticeship programme going so far?

My apprenticeship is going really well and I feel that I am learning all of the time. The apprenticeship is making learning enjoyable.

What message would you give to someone thinking of pursuing an apprenticeship?

If you identify a field that you think you’ll enjoy working in, I think it’s a great idea. You get such a high standard of training and are set up for your future career.

How would you sum up your apprenticeship with Jaguar Land Rover?

Combining classroom and practical training really helps me understand every step of the way.

Josh Brewer

Service Technician | Light Vehicle Maintenance Level 2
Stratstone Jaguar, Newcastle
 1st Year

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What inspired you to pursue an apprenticeship?

I have always been passionate about cars and love working on them. I’m also motivated by new challenges. A technical apprenticeship with my local retailer was the ideal thing to pursue.

How did you apply and what was involved?

I applied online and filled in the application form which took some time to get exactly right. An interview with the retailer followed where we discussed the role further and I was able to find out more about the opportunity.

The retailer then gave me the chance to do some work experience with them so that we could get to know one another a little more and for me to see the working environment.

Who supported your application?

The Jaguar Land Rover Retailer Apprentice Programme recruitment team were very supportive and were there to answer my questions right the way through the process.

How's your apprenticeship programme going so far?

I love being surrounded by great cars each day, they’re epic!

The work is challenging but the academy environment is brilliant.

What are your plans once you have completed your apprenticeship?

In the medium to long term I’d love to become a master technician and then beyond that set up as a specialist Jaguar repairer.

What message would you give to someone thinking of pursuing an apprenticeship?

Do it! You meet great people, you get paid to learn and its far better than being in school!

How would you sum up your apprenticeship with Jaguar Land Rover?

It’s great to work on such lovely cars, the academy is so supportive and I’m doing something that I love. Win, win!

Mickey Meckell Dete

Service Technician | Light Vehicle Maintenance Level 3
Lookers Land Rover, Battersea
3rd Year

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Why did you apply for your Retailer Apprenticeship?

I applied for my apprenticeship because I have always had a passion for cars and I knew that working with a prestige brand like Jaguar Land Rover is where I wanted to be.

How did you apply for your apprenticeship and what did the process involve?

I applied for my apprenticeship through the Government apprenticeship website (apprenticeships.gov.uk). I also visited the Retailers that were recruiting and handed in my CV to make sure that I made a great first impression.

What’s the best thing about being an apprentice with Jaguar Land Rover?

The best thing about being an apprentice is the experience of working for a prestigious brand and having an insight into a professional working environment. I also love working with high performance vehicles day to day.

Would you encourage someone else to pursue an apprenticeship with Jaguar Land Rover. If yes, why?

Most definitely, because it is a great opportunity to kick-start your career. The experience you get from a Jaguar Land Rover Retailer Apprenticeship is priceless.

What is your biggest achievement so far in your apprenticeship?

I reached the final five in the Apprentice of the Year competition and won a Special Recognition of Achievement Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Programme and Community’.

How has the apprentice programme helped you develop in your chosen field?

The Apprenticeship Programme has helped me develop my problem solving skills which are vital in this line of work. It has also taught me the importance of keeping up with the latest vehicles, techniques and technologies.

What do you plan to do next once you have completed your apprenticeship?

When I complete my apprenticeship I want to continue my training and to become a Master Technician. Longer-term I have ambitions to become a Service Manager and eventually Director.

Rob Edden

Apprentice Programme Trainer & Former Apprentice
The Jaguar Land Rover Academy, Leamington

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Former Apprentice Comes Full-Circle

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".