Emma Hind

At the age of 21, after a short stint at University studying Geography and 2 years training to be an accountant, I decided it was time for a change.

I’d always wanted to study at degree level, and both enjoyed and excelled at Science and Maths throughout school. The opportunity to join Jaguar Land Rover as a Degree Apprentice arose and as I already had the required grades I applied. To my delight I was accepted!

Throughout my time at Jaguar Land Rover I completed the 6 year apprenticeship whereby I completed:

○ Range of NVQ 2’s in engineering disciplines (mix of hard/soft skills – milling, turning, hand fitting, electronics, project management etc.)
○ Foundation Degree in Engineering – achieved distinction with commendation
○ Part time Degree in Applied Engineering at Warwick University – achieved 1st class hons
○ Completed NVQ 4 in Product Design and Development Engineering

Alongside this I have worked full time in the Advanced Emissions Team as part of Powertrain. My role has primarily been focussed on quality and has involved a lot of self-learning and implementing new tools and processes within the department. My main role has consisted of Issue Tracking, Facility Improvement, Facility Metrics and Data Analysis as well as supporting the wider department. These roles have seen me expand my knowledge and skillsets within quality processes, data analysis, coding, process creation, writing and management as well as interpretation and application of emissions legislation. I have also had the opportunity to coach and mentor other members of the department; something I thoroughly enjoy.

Finally, over the past year, I have lead and promoted Diversity & Inclusion across the wider department, specifically focussing on Women in Engineering. This is something I have become passionate about due to the lack of diversity witnessed specifically in my department; especially at leadership and management level. Activties have involved meeting regularly with Senior Management to discuss negative cultural behaviours, lack of access to necessities such as sanitary products and increasing opportunity for all through access to mentorship. I have also presented my research and findings to my Chief Engineer.

Overall, my career at JLR so far has been enjoyable and enabled me to learn and grow as an engineer in industry.