1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As an apprentice aircraft engineer my role from the start has been to learn the theory to pass my modules towards my CAT A license and to develop basic hand skills to take forward with me into the hangar phase.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned many new skills whilst being away in the cotswolds as well as developing existing skills that I learned whilst I was at college.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I am really enjoying my apprenticeship programme that I am currently doing and believe it is one of the best around.
4. How valued do you feel by Thomson Airlines?
I feel extremely valued by Thomson because of the trust and belief that they have instilled in me as well as the money that comes with the apprenticeship programme. They realise that apprentices are future engineers so the way I have be treated so far makes me very confident that I am with the right company
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The whole programme is really well organised because from the very beginning there has been a plan set out so that I know what I am doing and where to be. There has been very few times where it has deviated from the set plan.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Whilst I was attending ATT in the Cotswolds I was given a huge amount of support for my exams. Things such as being given exam questions to practice with were a huge help.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a massive amount of support already and my management continue to remind me that they are there for me when I need help with a certain matter whether it's to do with a work issue or not.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Whilst I was in the Cotswolds the only thing I had to pay for was my food but now that I commute to Luton every day I have more out going costs but with planning my salary will cover my costs comfortably.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I don't know of any yet, but there is a notice board which I'm sure will offer opportunities outside of work. There is one that I am aware of where staff members get the chance to travel around the world on an expedition and visit some amazing countries.
9a. Would you recommend Thomson Airlines to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The opportunity that the apprenticeship offers you if you're willing to put the work in and the things that I have been given already far exceed any expectations I had. Additionally, when I compare the programme to some other apprenticeships and friends that I know at university this programme in my opinion is much better.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Thomson Airlines? *
Be prepared to work hard because it's nothing like school or college but also consider that the work you put in now will all be worth it in the future.
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