Test and Design Engineer Apprentice at Thales

Start Date:
South East
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£1,200 annually
Review Date:
November 2015

Review Score

9.2 /10

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


I am a test design engineer. I design test solutions for existing or newly built products. My day involves learning about the current test solutions to further my knowledge so I can begin designing test solutions of my own.

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


I have developed my communication skills because I am surrounded by people in the office so talk to lots of people on a daily basis.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I fully enjoy my apprenticeship and feel I am learning a lot. All the employees here are friendly and are very welcoming and want to help. That helps me fit in more comfortably and therefore enjoy the experience more.

4. How valued do you feel by Thales?


I feel very valued. Thales offere various benifit programmes and reward systems which means I feel valued. Also everyone is keen to help and my manager is very keen for me to succeed which also makes me feel very valued.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The programme is structured well. Seeing as the department I'm in hasn't had many apprenticeships in the past or any at all, there are some bits that could be ironed out and as things go on they are being sorted quickly.

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


I receive as much as support as I need and they are very welcome for me to ask questions and learn as much as I can about the subject. They explain things well and offer help when needed.

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


My employer offers as much support as I need. They makes sure I am comfotable with my programme and that I am getting on well. They also welcome any questions or worries I have.

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


My salary meets my costs very well.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


Opportunities for what?

9. Would you recommend Thales to a friend?


9b. Why?

It's a great atmosphere and there is a lot to learn. It's a large company and has many different areas for work. They look after their employees very well.

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

Don't be afriad to ask any questions you have. Even if they sound stupid, you need to learn and understand the basics until you can try to learn more.

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