1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Engineer Apprentice I am stationed in different placements that rotate every few months to learn all about the products we make and how the business works. I have responsibilities within the teams I am involved in with small projects for the company. I communicate with people internally at an excessive amount as there is so much crossover between departments. Communication between these departments is essential and every employee is exposed to this. It is very easy for me to contact people externally, and on a daily basis I am able to communicate with people outside of the site easily. I have responsibilities between me and my fellow apprentices to take part in the Junior Factory which is an area of the production line which is ran by the apprentices/graduates. This area has different roles for different people to look after; everybody works as a team to make sure everything is completed efficiently. As well as looking after the JF I have projects with my colleagues to work towards our strategy as a company to improve.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt so many new skills since being at Siemens. I have learnt to work with people from all backgrounds and of all ages, and how to work in a team full of new people effectively. I have faced doing things that would have originally made me uncomfortable so that I can excel further in my career. I am given sufficient training whenever it is needed.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Before I accepted the job at Siemens I had a few different opportunities to pick from. I decided to take the Siemens Apprenticeship as I knew the time spend there would be valuable. I enjoy my apprenticeship greatly for many reasons, such as the people that I work with are so friendly and helpful. Siemens have a wonderful working culture and it shows just from walking into the building. The diverse spread of people and knowledge that the employee/employers have is great for a positive working environment also.
4. How valued do you feel by Siemens?
I genuinely feel extremely values by Siemens as they look after me and teach me well. My manager has been well suited to me and I am given the right to have my own opinion and way of thinking. I feel that my ideas will be listened to and that I won't just be cast to the side. There are so many different awards for everyone in the company that shows recognition and appreciation, and some of them even give you a personal reward.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
There was a strict plan made by a board of managers to make sure that all of the new apprentices have a sense of structure to their apprenticeship. We have every year's plan given to us in advance so that we know what we are all doing in the days we are in work very early. Every department is notified about us and what jobs we should be doing/being trained on when we get there.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Every apprentice is assigned a sponsor/manager so that if there are any issues then they can confidentially go to someone. My sponsor/manager is very helpful and I am at ease talking to him about any issues that I am having over my apprenticeship. We also have a Junior Development team dedicated to the progression of the apprenticeship itself and the lives of the apprentices.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I am given all of the support that I need from Siemens. If there is anything that I am struggling on or need help with I can always find someone to sort the issue out. I am not given the answer on a plate and I am expected to think outside of the box, however this makes my learning experience the best that it can be.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary is very good for a beginner apprentice and it meets my needs so far. Also my salary increases every year by X amount, therefore I should always be living comfortably.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Siemens organise so many events outside of work or I can organise something myself and get Siemens involved in it. They hold lots of charity events such as the 'Mud Run' and the '5K Inflatable Obstacle Course' which have a very high attendance.
9a. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Siemens has a great work ethic and they are a wonderful company to work for. There are plenty of opportunities around to excel and improve in your career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens? *
make sure you are enthusiastic about your subject. Engineering at Siemens is extremely diverse. Show that you are a team player and that you are super interested in what you are applying for. Speak up when it comes to open days or assessment days. Know that everyone is extremely friendly and that your skills will be utilised well at Siemens.
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