1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
as the role of technical apprentice it is within my daily tasks to report to the line manager for projects and tasks that aid myself in the progression of the apprenticeship. This can involve building products, analysing data and researching better ways for improvement of current costs.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
i believe that skills and development are available to many who possess the capacity and ability to retain the needed and sieve out the unneeded to better themselves however, in my case i would proclaim that my skillset is on par.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
the programme itself is very enjoyable, the layout is ideal for learning the role of the job and also to gain academical knowledge. This is something that would be very useful as a progression route internally.
4. How valued do you feel by Leonardo?
i feel slightly undersold by the academical side, the company has made me feel very valued with employees coming for advice being given by myself to achieve a goal. Also had the opportunity to take the lead on a project and which gave me a sense of belonging
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
the structure of the programme is well organised, enough to keep the apprentices happy and in-the-know. the induction was creative and unboring, personal progression meetings are given every 12 weeks which helps to spot the improvement margins.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
if the support is needed and you make the effort to approach tutors for advice or support then this will always be available and at a good level of information.
The problem would only be the apprentice not using the available support tools and advice.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
support from my manager has been very good, with help and advice given where needed, appreciation of work done and a pat on the back where due. i only have one problem that i have encountered which hasn't been resolved: a request of moneys for a fine split over 6 months was assessed by the HR team, i had one meeting and explained that expenses from a £13000 p/a wage are 100% used on current expenses. i was then told that the fine would be assessed on what i could afford. 4 weeks later the fine is deducted from my monthly salary without asking me for a detail of expense leaving me pretty much bankrupt for 6 months while the fine was paid off. also i emailed HR explaining this, they replied after 3 weeks and 4 days with "here is an updated deduction" the deduction was increased in value leaving me in more of a bad state. i am not happy about this and i have given up on their correspondence. the first 5 stars is for the managerial side and the second 5 stars are for the HR = 0
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Mortgage, living expenses, Edinburgh house prices, utilities, childcare, cost of inflation, car, insurance, tax, more tax, council tax,tv, food. total expenses available: -£396 that's a minus!!
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
there are multiple opportunities outside of work including ones created by the company, ones created by the apprentices and also external events that allow us to create our own and get the involvement of the company! free gym membership and multiple discounted areas!
9. Would you recommend Leonardo to a friend?
for a school leaver this is ideal, no one can complain about the salary at 16 years old, this is a millionaire weekend for them. anyone who has this as a first job and complains should not be working here, no experience of work has ever been done therefore it cannot be compared to something else. also this is a great opportunity to become an engineer in one of the leading companies!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Leonardo?
Review the apprenticeship and expect nothing higher, this is a great company that will take you further than most. Do not apply if you are going to complain about the work done if you have never had a job! Also prepare yourself for a tough interview, competency questions prove that you have the diversity for the role.
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