1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a railway signal design apprentice, my daily tasks are working with my own team and others to complete projects that have assigned to said team. I work on a variety of different activities from location designs, to transmittal forms. I communicate with other employees to give and collect relevant technical information required to complete activities within projects. I have many responsibilities as a employee of Siemens and a member of my team, including that my design work has been done to the best of my ability, I am clear and direct with my communication, I do what I am asked by managers and other employees, that I comply with Siemens working regulations at all times and much more. As of the moment I primarily work on two projects. Durham coast and north Lincolnshire, But I has also help any other team and project when needed. On Tuesdays I am at Leeds city college doing my level 3 course in electrical/electronic engineering with 2 other apprentices from Siemens that joined the company at the same time as me.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new skills and already gained many qualifications. I have passed or higher in my first year of college doing my level 3 electrical/electronic engineering course. Along side this I have also completed my PTS (personal track safety) course, BST (basic signal training) course, MOD 5 course and many others. These courses have been conducted both at my place of work and away from it. I feel I have become a reliable and useful member of a team and employee for Siemens despite it being my first ever full time job.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my apprenticeship very much as it presents many opportunity's for me in life and in the workplace. I have had and taken the opportunity to travel offsite to other Siemens sites and talk to different members of staff and gain more knowledge and connections. I have also supported a member of staff at a award ceremony as they had won a award. I had the opportunity to meet hundreds of Siemens and other railway company apprentices which was a very rewarding experience.
4. How valued do you feel by Siemens?
I believe as I have said that I am a reliable and useful employee at Siemens, my manager has done internal reviews on my performance and has said the same and that he has no problems with me at all. Unfortunately due to the nature of the projects and the timing of my integration with the team I have not received the variety of work that both I and my manager wanted but due to new projects starting I should be receiving it shortly.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The organization of my programme is very good at work. I have regular check ups with managers and apprentice helpers who help to guide me toward what needs to be done and give me the information to get it done.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
When ever there is a problem one way or another it is fixed. Whether they teach me what I need to know or give me the tools so I can teach or find the information out for myself. My provider and Employees are always happy and available at some point to help me with any task work or college base3d that needs to be done.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I have the ability to get plenty of support from my employer through HR and Apprentice managers. I however have not needed to utilize this as I don't have any problems big enough that it requires them.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Since I live at home I do not particularly have many costs at all so my pay packet covers my professional and personal life easily. I have a nice sized pension building up and personal savings.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
We have many opportunity's to volunteer outside of work for a huge variety of things. IRSE meetings, Science fares even electric F1!
9. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend?
As it is a growing industry that pays very well and is essentially a job set out for you for life even not with Siemens. You are provided with the skills and qualifications to excel in both a personal and proffesional capacity!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens?
Be honest and be yourself. Always try your best, Any experience is good experience and to never doubt yourself. AS I originally came to the interview as practice as I thought I never even had a chance of getting the offer, but the next day I got the call that changed my life.