1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As an apprentice i have been given access to various different opportunities to enhance and acquire the new skills i have learnt in my 10 months as a thomson apprentice. I have learned a multitude of practical skills aswell as the theory behind some of the most complex systems on the planet.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
The amount of skills i have learned is extremely vast from practical work such as filing, sawing, deburring, bolting, screwing, wirelocking aswell as theoretical skills such as using work cards and scanning and navigating manuals
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The programme as a whole i believe is extremely rewarding because of the opportunity that has been presented to me. At times the course has become a little tedious but it is noted that all parts of the programme are necessary in order to fully understand the role youll be performing in the future
4. How valued do you feel by Thomson Airlines?
Thomson Airways do value the potential that i bring to the company and offer various external benefits which helps improve my working life at thomson.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The prograame has various different stages that gives a wide and fufilling range of all aspects of aviation and how it works as a whole. You alternate between theory and practical work. However as i mentioned before at times it can get tedious but the end reward is definitely worth it.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Resource group provided excellent training and support enabling to pass a majority of the exams i had to sit first time. Instructors are very well trained in their field and are keen to impart their knowledge onto you.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Thomson Airlines provides more than adequate support with a useful internal system which provides easy access to anyone in the company which will aid you with any issues you seem to be having whether they are technical, practical or personal.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The wage you receive is definitely viable as thomson help you out with alot of expenses such as travel away from home and accomodation as the apprenticeship allows the opportunity to travel all over the country, however if you are over the age of 21 the wage may be a little harder to pay for rent and food etc.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are so many opportunities that are presented to you via the aprrenticeship prograame that thomson offers, including peak training visits to Rolls Royce, Scotland, and various airports around the country.
9. Would you recommend Thomson Airlines to a friend?
So far i have enjoyed the apprenticeship, and the qualifications and licences i obtain at the end of the apprenticeship are definitely worth the hard work you have to put in to reap the opportunities given.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Thomson Airlines?
The places at Thomson Airlines are very limited and the process to get in is very tough. The work you have to put into your job is extensive, but the rewards are very impressive. If you are willing to put the work in and not waste the opportunity given to you, you will find the apprenticeship highly rewarding.
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