1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is a apprentice wind turbine technician. I am now a competent technician which means I can be used as part of a team and not always supervised. My daily tasks with working offshore is transferring from a vessel to the turbine and carry out either a service or fault finding on that given turbine.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
The one main thing that siemens are better then any company at is the trainings that they put you through. All of the courses are well prepared and give you many skill to help you to stay safe and carry out your day to day jobs. I have learnt how to rescue people from turbines, lead teams, carry out service and many more.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
As an apprentice I don't think that many other programmes offer you the experience of working offshore on this amazing technology. All the teams that I have worked with are very supportive and always help me whenever I have questions or need help when doing my NVQ.
4. How valued do you feel by Siemens?
I think Siemens are very good a highlighting when something has been done well and you are awarded with a champions awards. You will always be recognised when you have done something above and beyond the minimum and helping the company.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The Siemens apprenticeship program is structured very well and you always know where you stand and the progress that you are on. All training is organised and sent to you via email so you know well in advance where you have to be and what course you are on. Reviews for our program happen every three months to make sure that you are heading the correct direction or you need help with getting you there
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I get a lot of support from the training provider with refreshers happening at site and also complete online training that refreshes your memory on the matter. Each course I have done they always leave contact numbers incase of problems occurring at site to do with that topic they will help and try and alleviate the problem.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
In this apprenticeship I receive reviews every 3 months from my line manager to check the my time keeping, admin, nvq and also just to see how the apprenticeship is going in general. I think that these meetings are very useful in the support and confidence that you get from them for continuing the work in a certain way
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Through Siemens when I am working away they pay for all of my expenses which includes food and accommodation. They also give me a hire care to get back and forward from the wind farm sites. The salary that I get of Siemens is very good and I have had no problem's in getting it.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are opportunities all of the time through Siemens which includes community events and also events just to further your career. Such as I have volunteered for helping in the race for life and also big bang science event for kids aged 9-14 to introduce them to all of the technology's and careers that are out there.
9. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend?
I think that siemens are very helpful in all aspects of a career. They support you in a skills that will help you in the future. They give you lots of opportunities to go on training to further your portfolio and also to further your life experience in a working environment.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens?
Do a lot of research on the company and also be enthusiastic on wanting to work with Siemens. Show that you are willing and that you are happy to work through any challenges that the job may throw your way. The opportunities that you get through Siemens are amazing and that they are always helpful if you are doing anything for charity or to further your career