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I am a lecturer in English for Academic Purposes at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. I have taught French and Spanish at FE and HE level and worked as a Business Trainer and Teacher Trainer in various countries. I am interested in using technology for teaching.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Kaycie Yates video

A Comment on her performance in the two work placements she did.

B Outline the things she should do to improve her employability.

C Suggest possible career paths she could explore in the future.

D Any other information you consider to be appropriate.

Hi Kaycie,
I have just seen the video of your two work placements and I wanted to offer you some advice on your possible future career options.

I realise that life is not always easy. You seem to have had some trouble when you were younger but I think you have proved from this experience that you are capable of success if you put your mind to it. As long as you find something you enjoy, work will not seem like a ‘chore’ and you will be able to pull yourself up, just like your ancestors did. It’s not fair to keep asking your mum to support you if she can’t afford it. Also, your boyfriends won’t be happy if you are always asking them for expensive things. You know from experience now that one day reality has to kick in and you have to make your own opportunities.

The lady in Liverpool is a good example. She was a single mum at 17 with no family to fall back on but she managed to make it by not being afraid of hard work. It’s a shame you didn’t enjoy working in the cafĂ© but, as the lady said: “hard work never killed anybody”. You can’t always have it easy with everything handed to you on a plate.

The next placement seemed much better and Karina was a good role model. She also started off as a pot washer. You have to start somewhere! You did well in the end even though you had to go to hospital in the middle. This is proof that you can succeed if you work hard. Maybe this is the kind of work you could do in the future? It could be glamorous if you are in a swanky hotel. 

Whatever you do, the work placements were a good learning experience so I hope you will learn from them and keep trying to do well in the future.
Best of luck!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Monday, September 16, 2013

A trip to the Jaguar factory, Castle Bromwich

Company background Jaguar is owned by a family based consortium from India called TATA group. They have bought up a lot of businesses, including Tetley tea and Corus steel. TATA have changed the fortunes of Jaguar, giving them investment and the freedom to design new cars. Interestingly, the group don't have shareholders and all the money they make goes into a family 'pot'.

On the shop floor The Jaguar plant operates according to the principles of Kanban. This means that they have a central 'marketplace', like an IKEA store, and deliver components on a 'Just in Time' basis. This system, borrowed from Toyota, is a huge improvement on the waste that used to occur due to overproduction and the storage of large quantities of equipment. Deliveries around the factory are outsourced to DHL. A Kaizen, or 'continuous improvement' system is also in place. This means that tasks are compartmentalised and workers are given incentives for ideas to eliminate waste and improve efficiency. 90% of the assembly of the chassis is done by (Japanese and Swiss/Swedish) robots. At the finishing stage though (panel beating and door fitting) most of the work is done by skilled technicians. This is because problems may be different on each car and special tools may need to be designed to fix them. One big difference made by technology is that workers no longer need to do heavy lifting, for exampleof wheels or doors, due to 'assisted lifting' by robots. According to the guides, who used to work on in the factory, the finished car is ready to drive away, whereas in the past, 20 or 30 people would be crowded around it, fixing problems that were not detected until the end of the production process. The plant can produce around 70 luxury cars a day, though for some more popular models the turnaround time is faster. there is a waiting list of 6 weeks to 1 year, depending on the model. This is because rather than being mass produced, cars are now made to order.