1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My Job role is a technical apprentice, I am currently training to be a Support Engineer in my final placement. Day to day I will either perform calibrations, self tests or problem solve engineering problems. I often work with new engineers and have had to contact external customers on occasions. Testing, modifying and understanding test equipment is my main day-to-day role as a training support Engineer.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am currently attending college for my HND in Engineering Systems, also I have completed an IPC certification course in work. As well as this I have learned so much about how the company works and especially about the radars and lasers themselves. My knowledge is know being specialised in the Support Engineering department.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have a great department with helpful and friendly colleagues so I very much enjoy the programme. The apprentices are all friends and help each other were possible. The company is filled with nice people who are often open for giving help, this apprenticeship is better than I expected.
4. How valued do you feel by Leonardo?
I feel fairly valued in Selex ES, there are some event that we can help and we receive vouchers for etc.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The overall structure for this programme is good, the induction and beginning training was well organised and effective. The mix of college work, department work and log work is very structured also.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We receive more than enough support, we have 12 week reviews where we speak about logs and progress with our training manager, also we have apprentice meeting and can contact our training manager at anytime if we need to.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
A fair amount of support, if we have any problems we all have the ability to contact HR or whoever needs to be informed.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Currently the salary is enough for all my costs, yet as the pay rises occur it will be easier to save money.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a fair amount of opportunities that take place out of work, we often get emails asking for us to take part in volunteer work etc.
9. Would you recommend Leonardo to a friend?
Its a great opportunity to gain qualifications whilst working at a good company.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Leonardo?
Don't be shy at the assessment day, be as confident and friendly as possible. Try and find what your best at and find a department using them skills.
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