1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am still undergoing my apprenticeship but I work as a competent level 4 technician meaning I can work alongside a lead technician as a 2 rather than trainees who must work in a 3 man team. My daily tasks include carrying out service tasks, fixing down turbines using fault finding techniques and completing any outstanding retrofits. My responsibilities include following and completing all safety documentation correctly, taking care of my own safety as well as the safety of others around me and wearing all the required PPE at any given time.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I will be coming out of my time with a level 3 qualification as well as having completed a plethora of training courses in both technical and safety aspects of my work. I have learnt plenty over the last few years regarding both hydraulic and electrical systems.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The work is very enjoyable as it makes you think, especially if you are doing fault finding. The other technicians are friendly and are keen to help you improve and learn.
4. How valued do you feel by Siemens?
Site supervisors and technicians are always appreciative of any help you give them, which does makes you feel valued on completion of any task you carry out. Managers will give you good praise if you have made appropriate progress in your apprenticeship.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
All training is kept up to date and we receive regular review from our line manager in regards to our progress in both learning and NVQ.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Training is always available if we need it, we can also request to do it if we feel it will improve our daily work. The training itself is first class and you always leave having learnt something new.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Siemens offer a wide range of support for every aspect of their employees life. They offer personal support if it is needed, support if you are having trouble with a task and the IT support is very good.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Siemens are very fair in the way they treat their apprentices in regards to salary. The allowances you receive when working away from home are also fair in regards to hotels and food allowances.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are plenty of opportunities outside of work such as charity events, sporting competitions and classes. I have taken part in a couple charity events and I am also volunteering for the Race for Life in the coming months.
9a. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because there is a lot of opportunity to develop with lots of training opportunities and career choices.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens? *
If you are looking to apply for an apprenticeship with Siemens I would strongly encourage it as it is a well known company with a very broad spectrum, allowing you to develop your skills in more than one area. The application process was very thorough with aptitude tests, interviews and height awareness all being required.
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