Toolmaking Apprentice at BAE Systems

Start Date:
North West
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£900 monthly
Review Date:
June 2015

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


As im in my first year we normally stay at the training centre where we learn engineering. I have sopecialised in tool making so my day to day activities take me around a lot of sections throughout the training centre.

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


As i started in my 20's i already have a lot of the skills they wanted me to learn but they have helped develop these skills along with refreshing my acedemic mind as well. Ib have learnt a lot about industrial scale machining as well

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy my programme very much but as always slight improvements about it could be made to increase the enjoyment. The instructors do listen to these suggestions and improve where they realistically can

4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?


I feel ver valued as we are always being 'shown off' to visitors and constantly told how we are the future. Massive spending and investment goes into the school to increase our abilities.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


acedemiclly and practically it is very organised with room for flexability, although like with the enjoyment improvements can always be made

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


A lot! The instructors guide and shadow you until they feel you can be left to your own devices' but will always help and assist where possible but without doing the job for you

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


With medical and councilling teams as well as extra tutorials if you feel your getting behind the employer has set everything up to look after us including providing free workwear and saftey equipment.

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


Having started when ive worked in various jobs and seen wages from elsewhere the wage is great compared to some apprentiships although in the first year some of the 'older' pupils tend to feel a slight pinch, mainly if they have come from higher paid jobs

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


Yes, there are contant volunteering projects and sports clubs, employees and managers will set up trips and community projects for good causes as well as a bit of fun if moral needed. Sports clubs use fields provided by BAE. Competitions in certain skill bases is common and BAE choose who goes and competes.

9. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?


9b. Why?

Future career, good appliable skill sets learnt, mature learning and working environment, high wage and pension schemes, feeling part of a team but still a sought after individual and theres a job for everyone no matter what your passion is.

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

have an interest in the company and the work you'd like to do, Preperation and organisation in the interview (e.g you need to bring a project in on the final interview, make sure it all works and you have rehearsed), prove you are a team player and can be adaptable in the workplace. Most of all show you can be loyal, mature and have a willingness and thirst to learn

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