1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role within BAE Systems is in the commercial function. This involves overseeing the bid process and generally governing a contract either from an estimating or contracts perspective. Currently my contracts role will look at the legality of a contract and ensuring the contract abides by the terms and conditions set.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Before starting the apprenticeship I'd never used microsoft excel, it soon became apparent how important it is to the company and I've managed to learn and use the software to a relatively high standard. In addition, my presentation skills have been enhanced after only doing a handful before commencing the apprenticeship, this has benefitted my development considerably.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Since joining the company in September 2014, I've had the opportunity to experience several different activities which I've been extremely grateful for and has in turn made me enjoy my time even more. Initially I found the commercial function difficult however over the course of the previous 10 months, I'm starting to understand the function and company more and more which is starting to make the apprenticeship more enjoyable.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
I feel very valued as an employee of BAE Systems. The training school provide regular progress checks and are always available when required which is always assuring. In terms of being on placements, I didn't anticipate the members of the team to be so concerned for my development which has been pleasing and made me feel more valued as an employee.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is structured very well especially with the progress checks and constant training school interaction I mentioned previously. Important dates are given well in advance to allow holidays and commitments to be arranged around.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Any support that is required will be provided from the training school without any hesitation which is reassuring. They make this very clear at any time.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
BAE Systems as a whole are very supportive of the apprenticeship scheme and allow significant funding for the apprentices, an example of this was when they provided the apprentices with laptops to allow a more versatile way of working. Exposure to senior management is provided from the company in order to benefit our development, this is done via questions and answer sessions with directors.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary I receive is very competitive and provides me with the financial ability to do much of my hobbies I like to. The incremental rises are justified and reasonable.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes - We have the opportunity to take part in several schemes such as the prince's trust which can be beneficial to your development and the apprenticeship itself. There are also other opportunities.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I chose the apprenticeship over university and I'm happy with my decision, not many people have the chance to gain qualifications to such a high standard from a recognised company whilst receiving a competitive salary. I would and have recommended the scheme to many people.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Try to have a basic understanding of microsoft excel because in my experience of commercial, the software is paramount. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions, it's better to ask rather than be unsure.
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