1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I'm a machinist apprentice so I move around the different departments including CNC milling, turning and grinding to learn how all of the parts are made.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
There have been numerous training courses such as manual handling and abrasive wheel training but most of the learning is done through experience on the shop floor. Other education includes 17 NVQ units, HNC and the possibility for HND after the apprenticeship.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The work is fast paced and very involved which is great because the day seems to go faster! Part of a great team with lots of banter and generally very enjoyable.
4. How valued do you feel by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains?
The managers I've worked with so far appreciate extra hours worked on weekends and often give recognition, especially when there's an increased workload. Generally, I wouldn't say apprentices I've worked with are treated much different to a full time employee.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Meetings can be arranged easily through the calendar, all NVQ work is structured and monitored by our apprenticeship provider, managers are very understanding and always give help if a problem is raised. Overall very organised.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Training providers always give support and help if I need it. They acknowledge I'm an apprentice and am still learning so if I make a mistake they cut us a bit of slack!
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The HR team is very helpful with the organisation of activities. The level of support managers give differ depending on the department, generally very good.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
It's a good salary for an apprentice.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Christmas party, summer party when the British GP's on, organised cycling, weekly football and other sporting events, weekly internal newsletter, the drivers came in last year. Many great opportunities, fantastic place to work!
9. Would you recommend Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains to a friend?
It's a fantastic and fast paced environment where you learn quickly. It has a good balance of theory and practical experience which you would only get from being in a high-precision environment.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains?
Make sure the course you're on is one of the accepted courses for the application and if you're unsure, email HR. The interview isn't a super-formal interview, they appreciate you're young and approach it as more of an informal chat. Also don't try too hard to impress. By this I mean if there's a certain topic you're unsure of, be honest and say "I'm inexperienced in this area, but I'm willing to learn", don't make something up because let's face it they'll know.
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