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REQ ID: 51201
JOB TITLE: Advanced Apprentice - Special Operations

Programme Duration – 4 Years
Qualifications – Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)  
                          Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence)
                          Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
Location – West Midlands 
Salary – Circa £13,000 


Think beyond your limits. There's no need to choose between education and practical skills, because our Advanced Apprenticeship gives you both. You can broaden your mind with brand new concepts at college and put them into action here at Jaguar Land Rover. One day, you'll be learning about the latest technologies in your field, and the next you'll be interacting with them - propelling your experiences beyond other people your age.


And while we open your eyes to the future of automotive technology, giving you a platform to make a real difference to Jaguar Land Rover and our customers, we'll also pay for you to complete several valuable academic and vocational qualifications.


Special Operations

Special Operations is responsible for delivering luxury and performance halo derivatives of our core models as well as accessories across all our vehicles. We’re responsible for bespoke customisations, armoured vehicles, classic restorations of iconic vehicles. We’re also specialists in preparing vehicles for events. 

The Apprenticeship

The Advanced Apprentice (level 3) Special Operations is a four-year programme, delivered under standards approved by the IfA (Institute for Apprenticeships). This exciting programme will develop your practical skills and cultivate the knowledge you need for your role. This is all achieved whilst developing your knowledge, skills and business behaviours such as teamworking and problem-solving. A network of Work Based Learning Managers and line managers will regularly review your progress and provide support, advice and guidance along the way, to enable you to perform at your best. 


You will learn how to work safely at all times and make a technical contribution to either the design, development, quality assurance, manufacture, installation, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of our products or equipment.


You can expect to spend a significant amount of your first year at the training provide (Trident College) as a Jaguar Land Rover employee on full salary learning the engineering basics, you’ll need in your role with us. Outside of college term-times, you’ll compliment your studies working at a Jaguar Land Rover plant alongside members of our skilled teams. During your second and third years you’ll continue your studies at college on a one to two-day release basis with the constant guidance and support of a Workplace Learning Manager.


Your fourth year will see you complete your end-point assessment and achieve your Level 3 Apprenticeship, ready for an amazing career in a permanent Special Operations role. 

What’s required

To be eligible for our advanced (level 3) apprenticeship programme you will need to demonstrate a strong motivation for working in our Special Operations function and a good understanding of a level 3 'hands on' apprenticeship and the learning and training that is involved. You will also need to meet our academic entry criteria:


GCSE Maths and English Language at level 4 (C) or higher and in addition 3 further GCSEs at level 4 (C) or higher to include one STEM subject or an Engineering vocational qualification level 3 90 credits/540 GLH or higher. 

Future career prospects

Join the Advanced Apprentice (level 3) Special Operations Scheme, and you’ll work and make your mark in one of three areas: 

Event Vehicle Operations (EVO)

We are trusted providers of specialised vehicle preparation and event services to the entire business. We prepare vehicles for all of our key events including motor shows, press drives and magazine shoots. Apprentices work on anything from engine and gearbox removal to bodywork profiling and have 11 training cars to work on.


We restore and recreate the most iconic past Jaguar Land Rover vehicles, and maintain parts supply for classics, some of which are sold direct to our customers. Apprentices will learn how to work on classics such as the E types, XJS and the Range Rover V8 engine.

Special Vehicle Operations (SVO)

We bring to life our luxury and performance halo derivatives of core models. We also look after our commissioning suite, where customers can configure bespoke vehicles. Apprentices will become skilled technicians on these unique vehicles including the F-Pace, Velar, Evoque and F-types.

Rewards and Benefits

Your innovation and creativity will be challenged every day, as you develop a rigorous and commercially focused approach in your work. And, with on-going support from industry leading experts and continual learning opportunities, you’ll quickly realise that our programmes have been designed to be as inspiring as the pioneering vehicles you’ll help produce.


Whichever part of the business you join your hard work and contribution deserves recognition. Our salaries are competitive, and we will also pay for your tuition and course fees and give you a generous holiday allowance as part of your package. You will be able to access a range of deals and discounts from various retailers and sports clubs. 

And there are regular social events so plenty of chances to make friends and have fun too.

Apply now 

Join us as an Advanced Apprentice (level 3) Special Operations and you’ll start influencing our success in activities across our entire business helping us to deliver our extensive plans for further growth. You’ll learn about and apply techniques and procedures to solve manufacturing problems and demonstrate effective interpersonal skills in communicating both technical and non-technical information.


Please be aware that if any of our programmes become oversubscribed, we will close them for applications before the stated deadline. We strongly advise you to submit your application as early as possible.


You can find out more about our apprentices and how they play their part on:
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Jaguar Land Rover

This is such an important time to be part of Jaguar Land Rover. More will happen to the automotive industry in the next five years than the last 50 years. And those organisations with the foresight, bravery, determination, investment and innovation will emerge stronger and ready for tomorrow. 


Our strategy is strong, our facilities are world-class, and our people are prepared. Our partnership approach to business is unlocking new opportunities every day. Our long-term agreement with Waymo for example, will develop the world’s first premium electric vehicle for their driverless transportation service. Joining forces is the way forward. Join us and you’ll play your part making history.






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