1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Currently, I am a commercial apprentice for the Hawk aircrafts international business and my day to day tasks can vary from chasing up debt for specific countries, to revising contractual agreements between BAE Systems and customers
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Since joining the company I feel as though my ability to work independently and my ability to work as part of a team have both improved.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
At first I wasn't enjoying the programme as all my friends were at university but I eventually got used to the working life and I am thoroughly enjoying it.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
The apprentices within the company are very well looked after and all the placements I have been in and the people I have met have made me feel valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is very well structured. If anything it is too well structured which limits our flexibility regarding holidays etc..
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I recieve constant support from my training provider and i have regualar meetings with them. If anything I feel as though we get too much support and the bureacracy can often get in the way of working.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Support is constantly being recieved from my employer whether this is meetings or training courses
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I'm currently comfortable with the salary I recieve but compared to other schemes within the company (PCFS) and other companies in the same industry (MBDA) I do feel as though we are underpaid.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, the company has a range of facilities for sports/exercise and there are several clubs in which employees can join. All of which are relatively affodable from what I have heard.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It's an apprenticeship that is highly sought after nationally, let alone in the lancashire region, and it's the perfect option for those who do not feel university is right for them.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
I would suggest that anyone who is considering applying for BAE Systems needs to be willing to learn and sociable as the company is vast and communication is integral.
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