1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
The day to day role can differ depending on the placement. In a placement specific to my scheme, the day to day role involves mainly admin tasks including, printing, copy and pasting, and taking documents to other indviduals.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Minimal skills learnt due to the lack of structure for new trainee's entering the business. In my scheme specific placement, I was mainly used as a resource to pick up all the admin work rather than being able to use the placement as a learning and development opportunity.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I do not particularly enjoy my programme, due to the lack of structure and support I receive when in placement. However, other individuals on more established schemes seem to enjoy their programme more so than me.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
Within the Early Careers Department, I feel valued as an individual. Hiwever, when out in placements, this is less so, mainly due to being seen as a resource rather than on a learning and development framework.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Some schemes are very well structured due to the length of time they have been running. My particular scheme however, has no structure, and no way of monitoring progress against specific competencies for my scheme.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My training provider, UCLan are difficult to get into contact with, and do not particularly offer the help and guidance you are looking for. When emailing for specific help, the response is generally short and does not usually meet the expectations of a student studying there.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The support from Early Careers is excellent, they are happy to listen and help wherever they possibly can, and are always there as a support network regarding placement and personal issues.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary and regular six monthly performance related pay increments are above the average apprenticeship wage, and suit an A Level school leaver.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Stretch assignments give a broad range of differing opportunities outside of work, including working with the local community and working in schools with STEM.
9. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?
From my personal experience of my specific scheme I would not recommend it due to the lack of support received when in placement. The specific scheme is poorly organised, with no structure to it.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?
Ensure you are applying to a well established scheme, to allow you to get the most out of your training. Other schemes are well received, and the correct structure is already in place to ensure your learning and development needs are met.
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