Apprentice Winder at Siemens

Start Date:
2012
Location:
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Salary:
£19,000 annually
Review Date:
28th January 2016

Review Score

7.4/10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

8/10

I am a apprentice winder at Siemens Newcastle, I have daily tasks of which I am given at the start of my shift these can vary depending on the jobs in at the time, E.G. Winding a rotor. I have a responsibility like all other workers to produce good quality work that meets the standards set.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

8/10

I have gained many new skills, many job specific to my area (winder), there are others that can be used through out, these are like crane operations, use of machinery like a Buff and Band Saw.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

8/10

I enjoy my work as I will find I am always learning and getting new experiences, it also helps that the team I work with are all helpful and all have time to share their knowledge with me to better progress my apprenticeship.

4. How valued do you feel by Siemens?

7/10

At Siemens I feel very well looked after by both my trainers and other workers around the factory. If I have an issue there is always help around be it a work related issue or other. I also find that as I progress through my apprenticeship I am getting more involved in the more major jobs which helps with confidence and experience.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

7/10

Right from the start we had a step by step explanation of what we were working towards and how we would get there. We are constantly supported throughout via training, mentoring and general guides.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?

8/10

As I progress I am to have a review every 10 weeks with a trainer, but I also have reviews written by a supervisor which is about my daily workings as they will be more involved with myself and my tasks they give to me. The reviews give encouragement, suggestions and allows you to vent any issues or problems.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?

8/10

My employer ensures I am placed with a suitable mentor on jobs I am new to, this helps ensure I get the correct information so later I can complete the job with less guidance. They always have time for me to share ideas or issues if I come across any.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?

5/10

The wage for my apprenticeship is very good, however I was one of few to travel a distance for the opportunity to work for Siemens. This meant I had to find my own living arrangements and work out how to get to and from work at a young age, this took a large chunk of my wage when I first started. But after a few years I was earning more which allowed me to have more financial freedom.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

8/10

At my work they participate in a few sporting events every year which I participate in if I can. Outside of work living in a city means there is multiple things that I can participate in if I wish.

9a. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend? *

Yes

9b. Why? *

It gives many skills that can be taken away to other areas of the engineering industry, also giving qualifications that are recognized world wide.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens? *

Ensure you read up on the recommended topics prior to the interview as it will make you seem very interested and will make you look very keen to work here. Work hard when given the opportunity as you are always reviewed on your working ethic and that will impress if your hard working.

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