“I got the chance to be part of the development of the Discovery Sport.”

Qamar Iqbal, 22, joined Jaguar Land Rover three years ago as an Advanced Apprentice, after completing his studies.

“The apprenticeship allows me to gain vital qualifications, while at the same time doing something I enjoy and have a passion for. I get to work with innovative technology, applying what I’ve learnt in the classroom back in the workplace.

I got the chance to be part of the development of the Discovery Sport. Definitely my proudest moment so far. I even travelled overseas to Belgium for testing. My contribution was to instrument the vehicle with various sensors and gauges, and analyse the stresses and strains.

As an Advanced Apprentice, the key is to have good attention to detail in everything you do – especially in timekeeping and organisation, as the culture here is fast-paced, yet enjoyable. Everyone is always willing to offer help and advice.”

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“The best part? Gaining a world-renowned qualification while earning.”

“Jaguar Land Rover’s Apprenticeship Scheme allowed me to learn about myself and my potential to succeed. It also offered real career prospects and I could earn while I learned, all while being surrounded by a diverse group of individuals. It meant I had responsibility and could really make an impact for the business.

During the programme, I was able to participate in Micro-Tyco. This is a charity event that helps women in economically-challenged areas of the world. It helped me develop my entrepreneurial skills as you have to raise as much money as possible in new and innovative ways.

There is also a great community at Jaguar Land Rover. You’re surrounded by focused and committed individuals who are all aiming to achieve great things.”

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“The Apprenticeship offers many challenges and opportunities and there is always someone there to support you.”

“Since joining the Apprenticeship Scheme, I’ve met people of all ages and backgrounds. The atmosphere at Jaguar Land Rover is very friendly and people are always willing to help. It’s been a great experience and it’s given me a real insight into the automotive industry. It’s slowly introduced me to the ‘world of work’, all while getting paid and improving my skills.

While on the scheme, I took part in a team improvement circle project (TIC) where my teammates and I had to devise an improvement idea for our department. We then had to present our ideas to a panel of judges. I was really proud to participate and our hard work paid off. Not only did I improve my presentation and interaction skills, but our team were named winners and we got to fly to China as a result.

The biggest learning curve for me though was the introduction to tooling and different processes. But there are many ways my learning has been supported, through online information, support from tutors and The Employee Learning Scheme fund.”

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“I chose this route over university because of the industry experience I would get, alongside my qualifications.”

“I found out about the Jaguar Land Rover Apprenticeship in year ten at school when I took part in the Young Women In The Know week. Jaguar Land Rover put this on to give young women an insight into engineering and inspire them to take up a career in it. For me, it did just that. Afterwards, I started my Degree Apprenticeship.

Since starting, I’ve had a lot of exposure to different roles within my department and for six months I actually got to take on a lead engineering role. More recently I’ve been involved with Virtual Engineering where I focused on building CAD-based tools to help improve our design process.

In addition to my in-work development, I have had the opportunity to take part in many CSR events, where I have represented the company at schools and careers events, speaking to young people about careers in engineering. I look forward to the next few years of my Apprenticeship and am excited about what else is to come.”

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