Purchasing Engineer at BAE Systems

Start Date:
2014
Location:
Blackburn
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Salary:
£11,000 annually
Review Date:
10th June 2015

Review Score

8.6/10

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

8/10

In my apprenticeship i am working in the procurement function of BAE Systems.The apprenticeship gives me lots of oppourtunities to work in different environments so currently i am working in a pricing team. I am ringing suppliers to get prices for parts.

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

8/10

I have greatly increased myt confidence while i have been at BAE. BAE has pushed me out of my comfort zone on the Outward Bound Course as well as pushing me to ring foreign people on a daily basis. This has also improved my commuication skills which means i can now speak to anbody with no problem of getting my point of view across.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

10/10

I am so glad that i joined the programme rather than college. Everyday is different at BAE and it gives me oppourtunities that i would not get to experience if i was not in the compnay. I like how varied the roles are and all the different jobs that i have to do.

4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?

8/10

BAE make me feel very valued as i am treated like an adult rather than a child. I always feel as if i can talk to anybody and ask any questions that i want without feeling stupid at any point.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

8/10

My programme is very structured. i have regular meetings with my assessor to make sure i am progressing. I also have set objectives to complete in my placemnet so that i know exactly what i need to do to gain evidence for my NVQ.

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

10/10

I get lots of support from the assessors at Preston Training Centre. I feel as if i can always go to my assessor with any problems that I have in the business. The assessors are always there to give any advice in any situation that i may be in.

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

8/10

I receive lots of support from BAE. They get us to attend college every other week to complete courses and they also have a distinguished team to go to with any problems. HR are always there to answer questions and make sure that the apprenticeship is running smoothly.

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

7/10

As i am only 17 i don't have many outgoings so my salary currently covers all the costs that i have. However when i start driving i think that i will have less disposable income and will need the extra income that the payrise provides.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

10/10

BAE has lots to do with the community. There are lots of challenges that are available to complete and lots of oppourtunities to go on. I have recently joined a committee to help organise a annual quiz that will raise money for BAEs partner charities.

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

Yes

9b. Why? *

I absolutely love the apprenticeship and how different every single day is. Being able to go around the business and look at how all the different aspects integrate is a fantastic way of gaining knowledge on lots of different topics.

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

I would say that it is very important to research BAE SYSTEMS to find out what they do before applying. Having a good knowledge of what they do and the different aircraft we manufacture is a vital part of the business and it will stand you in good stead if you do get a place on the scheme.

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