PCFS at BAE Systems

Start Date:
2014
Location:
Preston
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
Salary:
Review Date:

Review Score

9.7/10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

10/10

Each role is based in the Project Management function, with the majority being in Project Control roles. My role varies on a day to day basis - a large amount of my work is based on current issues the business faces, so I could be working on two entirely different issues from one day to the next.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

10/10

I have learnt many new skills, primarily around IT skills as the job is dependent on being proficient with IT. I have developed a wide range of skills, from time management to self-confidence. I'd say that my communication skills have improved the most, as many roles offer the chance to get involved with many different stakeholders.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

9/10

The programme is made up of five 12 month placements, offering the chance to work in a range of areas. The day job is enjoyable, and one day a week at college allows you to spend time with others in your year group.

4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?

10/10

BAE sees its' apprentices as its' future work force, so a lot of time and money is invested in us. We are treated like any other member of staff, which allows you to take many opportunities that apprentices in other companies may not get.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

9/10

The programme is very well organised. You start your first placement in September, and move placement each September. One day a week is spent at Blackpool & the Fylde College, with the first three years spent completing your apprenticeship and Foundation degree and the final two years completing your Honours degree.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?

10/10

There are many training courses and development opportunities available to apprentices throughout the scheme, and the scheme also has its' own co-ordinators as helpful points of contact if you have any issues or worries.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?

10/10

There are many training courses and development opportunities available to apprentices throughout the scheme, and the scheme also has its' own co-ordinators as helpful points of contact if you have any issues or worries.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?

10/10

The salary for the scheme is very good, more than enough to cover living costs. Pay reviews are conducted regularly, with your salary progressing in line with your responsibilities.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

9/10

With BAE being such a large company, there are many opportunities outside of work to get involved with a number of activities, from the local flying club to charity fundraising.

9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *

Yes

9b. Why? *

A huge company with many different lines of business means you can tailor your career to your needs. Whatever your career plans, there will be something in BAE which matches them.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *

Make sure that your application is tailored to the role that you're applying for. If you're lucky enough to get an interview, be yourself and be confident - it may not seem like it but the interviewers are on your side!

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