On the Road to a Successful Career in the Motor Industry; Amy Swatton Is a Production Operator at the Jaguar Land Rover Plant, Halewood. This Is Her Day
Byline: EMMA THOMPSON
5am: Up I jump. I get washed and dressed ready for another busy day at Halewood and I am in the car by 5.30am.
6am: I arrive in the plant and I head off to meet the girls, have a chat, my morning cuppa and some cereal.
6.30am: I've just clocked in and I'm straight onto the production line. I work in the trim and final area on line two, which is where the painted cars come to have all the internal parts fitted on to them. I work in group three with Julian, Mark, Lee, Colin and Toby. First, we ensure that all the stock and safety checks are good to go. I work on the tailgate of the Freelander 2 and on the subwoofer and seat loops of the new Evoque. I had a lot of hands-on training before I started back in February last year, so the transition to working on the line was relatively easy, even for someone new to automotive manufacturing. I now follow a standardised work process to ensure continued high quality and efficiency.
8.40am: The line stops for our five minute daily briefing from the group leader. Today the topic is safety. We are also shown this week's internal newsletter, the company has announced it is to increase production volume at Halewood. The move will create more production operator positions; an excellent opportunity for new people to join a quality manufacturer and be part of a great team.
9.50am: Back to work and I've spotted that some belt loops are missing on one car. I pull the Andon Cord to get the attention of the group leader and Stan, our supervisor. We don't want the car going past the point of fit without them. Support comes across and the issue is resolved in seconds. The Andon Cord is really important, it empowers every employee on the line to stop the track and solve a problem. …