1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role within Siemens Rail Automation is a trainee position within control systems, this means that I help design the systems which keep trains running on time and and avoid collisions.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Under the apprenticeship I have undertaken many training programmes to learn skills which are vital to my job role, these include PTS which allows me to work on the railway line itself, and doing a 2 year long diploma in electrical and electronic engineering.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoyed my programme, I have worked with great people and learnt a whole host of skills which I never imagined would be possible, and I work with machinery and systems which every day people wouldn't even know existed, there is a lot to systems engineering within the railway.
4. How valued do you feel by Siemens?
I feel like Siemens have put a lot of time and effort into making me the qualified engineer that I am today, I also feel that the progressive and supportive training has opened many doors for me within the company.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Although the program seemed a little slow going at first, things soon picked up and we were quickly sent on many training courses and a team building exercise before we were put to work, which meant that by the time we got settled within the office, we were confident and ready to work.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
There are many training providers contracted by Siemens, all of the courses I have been on have been professionally taught and any questions regarding the subject where answered professionally in a constructive manner.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Siemens is a very supportive company to be a part of, whether it be personal issues or anything you are struggling with work wise, someone was always happy to help you out.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary offered by Siemens rail automation is above the national average for the position. There is also an annual bonus scheme and company council offered to all employees, along with an employee referral program.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are numerous activities offered to Siemens employees outside of work, these include charity events such as trekking and bike rides, there is also a cycle to work scheme which offers discounts on new bicycles.
9. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend?
As a career choice within the railway industry, Siemens is one of the biggest companies you can work for, and offers an comprehensive and resilient training program which will set you up for a permanent career within the industry.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens?
I would advise that you research the company and its heritage well before applying for the position, and make sure that your CV and interview skills are up to scratch.
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