1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is Business Apprentice. Throughout my apprenticeship I got to various different placements in the company. Right now, I'm in Divisional Marketing - Support & Governance. In this placement I help with providing reports and providing marketing analysis. I regularly communicate with colleagues in Italy and at our other UK sites.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I've learnt a lot about using software such as Excel. My experiences in my apprenticeship have also enhanced my communication skills, time keeping skills and how to manage my workload.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy it a lot. In my current placement, especially. It's a great place to work, with the people around me making it more enjoyable. I've no complaints at all regarding the apprenticeship, it's exceeded my expectations.
4. How valued do you feel by Leonardo?
I feel very valued. As a company they've always thought highly of apprentices and take great pride in the apprenticeship programme, and rightly so.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is well structured and organised. Especially with the fact there's a large number of apprentices on site, with the numbers looking to increase in the next few years. Management do a fantastic job of keeping things running smoothly.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive a great amount of support from my training provider. It's made so easy due to the support I get. My training provider is always reasonable, understanding and happy to help.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
As apprentices we receive a lot of support. Management do very well to support such a large number of us. They're always happy to help. Work is made easier by the effort put in from the management team.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary meets my living costs well. I've no complaints about the salary I receive as it's probably one of the best salaries at this level. All my costs are met with the salary I receive.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are opportunities to work of site and do stuff externally. Whether it be, working at one of our other UK sites, going out to schools to promote the apprenticeship amongst other things.
9. Would you recommend Leonardo to a friend?
Because it's a great environment to work, with many benefits as an apprentice. It's a great place to be to start and progress your career. I strongly believe that there's not a better place to be as an apprentice.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Leonardo?
Nothing really, other than do it. The application process was long, but it wasn't unreasonable. The assessment day was relaxed, which was surprising, but again it's definitely not a bad thing. It actually helped me show what I can do better because I wasn't nervous during the interview or the assessments.
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