1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As an apprentice signaling design engineer daily tasks include making designs on microstation which is a CAD package used in the railway. On a day to day basis you will talk to a lead designer who will give you work and explain how to do it and how it will work trackside.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
In the first 6 months of the apprenticeship you do an intensive level 2 in performing engineering operations which is all hands on you carry out metal work jobs on lathes and milling machines and also do and electrical section as well
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
It is a very interesting program as everything you learn is new as it is so specific to the railway which makes it very interesting and you pick new things up all the time. Everyone within the workplace is very helpful and will explain something until you understand it.
4. How valued do you feel by Siemens?
I feel valued within my team as if I have done a good job you get told.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It is very well structured you have your courses arranged for you by the capability team and you have at least 3 months notice which allows you to prepare
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The support has been very good nothing seems to be a problem and they accommodate your needs. Every course I have been on has been enjoyable and informative.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Management are always very supportive and will listen to what you require as they know if you get suitable training it will benefit the business further down the line when you finish the apprenticeship.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Very well being located in the city centre its easy to commute to. Being on more than the living wage allows me to do what I want socially.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
We have a five a side game every Friday
9. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend?
Very well paid for an apprenticeship as you are above the living wage and the courses and experience you get will set you up for a career
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens?
Have a look at electrical components and have a knowledge of physics will help
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