1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a business management apprentice. I have been assigned to the Procurement function. Within my apprenticeship I will move around the business in a series of placements undergoing various elements of the Procurement function. Currently I am in general systems. My previous placement included raising purchase orders for production stock and managing Vendors
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes. I have developed my existing skills of time management and my confidence has increased. I have also gained skills on some of the systems my company use, and also learnt about the business.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Thoroughly. I am enjoying my programme and feel I made the right decision to sign up. I am excited to come into work as I do varied tasks and I always feel supported. Our scheme also gives us apprentices the oppurtunity to get involved in external events such as councils, princes trust and school ambassadors schemes
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
I feel that in every placement I have been in I have become a valued member of the team. I have been given a real work package that can have a direct effect on the business. I have been responsible for tasks such as managing and reviewing Vendors, and I have always felt very trusted to do this. I think BAE Systems invests alot into the apprentices, our progress is constantly reviewed and support is always there if we need it
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programmed is very well structured, we are clearly told how many placements we will be getting and how long they will be. There is slight confusion around how placements are chosen, and there was a few problems at the beginning when we were placed into our functions. However, we have regular reviews and set tasks e.g. end of placement presentations that have been designed so we can tailor them to our NVQ requirements.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive as much support as I need. My supervisor is always willing to help and we also have regular reviews where any issues can be raised
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
BAE invests alot into the apprentices, we are never denied the oppurtunity other employees may get and we have the oppurtunity to get involved in external events.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Having just left school my salary meets my costs very well, as I do not drive and still live at home. However in the future when I begin driving I may face some problems with funding this on an apprentice wage, however we do have pay scales which increase as our time goes on
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes. Programmes such as the school ambassaors scheme; where you can go into schools and educate young people on the benefits of apprenticeship. Princes trust where disadvantage young people are given work experience and you are able to spend time with them and educate them on apprenticeships. However for alot of these schemes you have to be 18 years old or older
9. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?
I haven't encountered anything on the scheme that hasn't been done for my advantage. We are invested in, looked after and supported throughout. We are respected by other employees and treated equally
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?
Do your research before applying. Look into the business, the aircraft and how it works so you are fully prepapred in the recruitment stage
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