1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role on a day-to-day basis is shadowing a senior fitter and helping them out as much as possible while learning all the skills required to carry out the job.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt how to read engineering drawings and how to use test bays for HV and PD testing.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy working as an apprentice at Siemens as I believe it is a great place to work and there is plenty of opportunity to progress.
4. How valued do you feel by Siemens?
I feel very much apart of Siemens and everybody from the managers to the shop floor workers welcome you and have a lot of time if you ask them a question. They will answer to the best of their ability.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It is very organised as we have Personal targets which we have to meet over a 6 or 3 month rotation. These get reviewed on a regular basis so as individuals we know where to improve.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We get regular updates on how we are progressing within each cell we work in. This is so when we have achieved the required standard we can move onto a new department where more skills and knowledge will be available.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We receive plenty of support if we have any questions that need answering or if we have problems at college, you don't feel afraid to ask.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I believe at Siemens, apprentices are paid well compared to other engineering working industries so I am happy with the amount we get paid.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
The L+D department do their best to help us take part in activities out of work. E.g. we competed in a football 5 a side tournament and Its a knockout.
9. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend?
Siemens is a fantastic place to work where all the staff are friendly and welcoming. This helps you feel at home and be more confident in what you are doing. With there only being a limited number of placements every year, you are known to the company by your first name and not just another number.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens?
When applying for Siemens have an open mind about where you want your career to go as their are plenty of opportunities once you get into Siemens. Be confident and be willing to work hard on a regular basis.