1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Enrolled on the PCFS at BAE Systems. Project Controller for two Programmes, consisting of many projects of very different sizes. We also rotate roles each year so 2016 will likely be very different again!
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Alongside the Higher Apprenticeship, I'm learning Project Management skills both academic and vocational and getting qualified in the process. Lots of interactions with both senior and junior stakeholders to ensure a high standard of project reporting has also really developed personal skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Challenging and varied work that is constantly developing me makes work enjoyable. The only downside to the programme is the amount of time required outside of work to achieve the academic training, but this is worth the effort!
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
I've so far had appreciation from my line manager, placement manager, the Association for Project Management for achievements. The cost of the training being spent on me is something that the company would only undertake if they did value me.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
So many resources are available to achieve the programme and these are both academic and vocational. This wouldn't be there without significant organisation.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
On training days, or outside by email, they are always available to help you with an issue.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I personally have made use of support from my line manager, placement manager, function manager and HR resources. It's all there if you need it.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
It's not the best salary, but the cost of the training BAE Systems are paying for justifies this in my mind. I keep my living costs low, have no travel costs (cycle to work) which frees up moneys for social costs!
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes. Conferences, forums, STEM events, BAE Education Ambassador activities, Apprenticeship publicity events and company sports teams are available in droves.
9. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?
Once you have your foot in the door, a wealth of benefits are available that working for a blue-chip company brings including a varied career most importantly.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?
Brush up on knowledge of the Business Unit into which you're applying and give it a shot!
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