Project Controls at Thales

Start Date:
Manchester North West
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£14,000 annually
Review Date:
November 2015

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


Project management aprentice- At the moment me and my co-apprentice are designing a new process to filter employees and their departments so the managers can see their employees workloads. Other than that I am underloaded with work at the moment. I do attend a weekly team meeting which is simetimes interesting to know what other people are working on, so if you do get called to help- ou know a bit about the project they are working on.

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


Not yet, started about 2 months ago so still learning the processes, been booked on around 20 courses within the 2 years of my apprenticeship including courses on how to use software and how to manage a project etc

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


When I get work, I do enjoy keeping busy and I go on business trips every now and then but I am underloaded so it is unentertaining at tht moment. I was told in the interview it wasn't really office based and only a brief amount of time would be spent in the office

4. How valued do you feel by Thales?


I don't have much work to do at the moment so i feel that i am not needed in the company most of the time but when i do complete work set i get praised so I feel valued, as i have only just recently started I have not been given that much work but hopefully I will get more work as the scheme goes on

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


All of the courses are booked and i know the dates of when i have to attend college etc but I dont have any work to complete at this current moment and it would have been good to have work set out before when i started as I feel that I am annoying employees asking them for any spare tasks when they look busy doing something they have been assigned to.

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


She has ignored all 5 i have sent, I am behind with coursework and other apprentices from other offices around the UK have completed around a tenth of their coursework

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


I feel that my employer is fairly supportive and listens to me when I have a problem although doesn't give me much work when I say i am underloaded, this is because I am new but it would be nice to get more work

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


I feel that the money I earn is enough as I have never seen another apprenticeship pay this much. I used to work for a company helping people get onto an apprenticeship scheme for a year and the apprenticeship I have now is the most money I have seen. Although I have already achieved chartered managers status and have loads of random office based skills and qualifications, they should have taken that in to account and gave me more responsibility. I feel that money is not an important thing at the moment as I am only in training but it is nice to get a good salary, my friend was on £400 a month and had to quit as he couldnt afford his living arrangements and food etc

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


Not really, no- Somebody has organised a Christmas meal but other than that their are no skill building oppotunities

9. Would you recommend Thales to a friend?


9b. Why?

Yes and no. Yes because you can start out at a company knowing nothing and you can achieve so much. Some employers keep the apprentice on so I am guarenteed a job at the end of my apprenticeship which is security for me, I can now rent a flat and a car not worrying in 2 years time that I havent got a job to pay for it. On the other half, I wouldnt recommend it to a friend as some apprenticeship schemes are underloaded with work, this is my second apprenticeship scheme as I have already done a L5 management scheme where the company was making cuts (as it was Stockport council) so wasnt hireing any of the apprentices at the end, so I didnt have a job at the end of it and was jobless for over 1 year and my collegue who done the same apprenticeship is still jobless.

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

Makesure you read the description before applying and ask the employer loads of questions and make sure it is the job that you want to go into. Be yourself in the interview as the employer knows if a person isn't being true. Make sure you tell the interviewer about all of your skills as I felt that in my interview I could have said a lot more skills than I actually said. If it is a team building activity then make sur your voice is herd but don't talk over somebody, make points that stand out from the others, if the activity is timed, makesure you are a timekeeper.

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