1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a 2nd year apprentice currently completing several 16 week technical placements. At present I work in an office investigating strain gauge queries following flights carried out by the Typhoon Eurofighter. Before this I completed two craft placements. The first was working on Typhoon Final Assembly. Here the Aircraft is tested and prepared for the customer undergoing Engine ground run tests and Production flight acceptance tests. The second was working on the Rear fuse of the Hawk aircraft. This involved a lot of physical skills where the aircraft is put together by hand.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have gained an abundance of new skills. The craft placements enhanced my skills with tools encouraging me to work to fine margins to produce quality. My technical placement has developed my knowledge of the aircraft. It has also enabled the development of communication skills having to deal with the customer on a daily basis.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy the programme. So far every placement has been very different but all have been interesting and engaging in their own right. Going to a variety of work places has helped me to appreciate the scale of the business and the roles the different departments play within the company.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
I have been able to get involved in all of my placements. I have actively made a difference working independently and helping colleagues to complete a wide range of tasks.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is very welll structured and almost always well organised, preventing any misunderstanding amongst apprentices.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive support on a weekly basis from my training provider.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive daily support from my eployer.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary meets my costs, no problem.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
9. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?
Good wages. Excellent work Experience. A well recognised company to work for. Cater well for Apprentices.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?
Put your all into the online tests and interview stages.
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