1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
During our scheme we have 4 monthly placements across the business in all different areas. This allows us to complete competencies for college and gain a broad knowledge of the company and the product. Day-to-day work is dependant on where you're based in the business. Currently, in risk, I manage risks using the risk management process and report on these.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed my communication, professionalism and most importantly my self confidence. Before joining the company I was shy, but being on the scheme has brought me out of my shell.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy my programme; not only do I have a career ahead of me but I am also gaining a foundation degree which is all paid for. Seeing the different areas of the company will allow me to decide where I want to be in my end role once my scheme has finished.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
I feel valued, purely because I have gained this brilliant opportunity and not only do the company look after you with college work and a degree, but also a pension scheme, holidays and sick pay as well as a competitive salary.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The scheme is relatively organised as from the start you are aware it's a three year scheme with a foundation degree and Higher Apprenticeship Qualification running alongside whilst being in 4 monthly placements in sork. There is also an opportunity to carry on to get your full degree after your three years
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The training provider gave us more support during our first year, however, now we are working to a higher level the support is less as we have to do independant learning.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We gain a lot of support from our employer, such as physio and chaplain on site. We also get support for upcoming exams with rooms being booked out for us to revise.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As trainees we have a very good salary. As I still live with my parents, my salary meets and exceeds my costs which allows me to save up for my first house
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes there are many opportunities dependant on your placement and what is going on in the world at that time. We take on STRETCH assignments which usually involves the local community or schools, such as Top of the Form and Charity Football Tournament
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The company really does look after you with sick pay, holidays, pension scheme. They support you with things by offering a physio on site as well as a doctor and chaplain.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
I would tell people who are applying to read up on the history of BAE Systems, the products, locations of the site gloablly. I would advise them to sign up to the pension scheme and share scheme as soon as they start.
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