1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a craft apprentice. Daily tasks I carry out consist of in general laser assembly and sub assembly. I have constant contact with my team lead who designates priority jobs that need to be completed. I am responsible for taking care when handling very expensive optics and making sure that they are kept spotless.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed my handling skills to a very high level resulting in me being competent at increasingly difficult tasks. I will gain a HNC from my apprenticeship course with the potential to continue my education further.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy my apprenticeship programme. I find the work challenging which aids in my development. The team I work with are very professional and skilled workers and mentors. The company as a whole is welcoming and has made me feel comfortable from day one. The programme has exceeded all of my expectations.
4. How valued do you feel by Leonardo?
As an employee I feel very valued. My opinion and thoughts are heard often and they encourage feedback. They always consider your point of view and attempt to come up with a solution to any problem raised.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
From day one the apprenticeship programme has been well organised. The company has kept us well informed with the on going developments of the programme and they ensure that we know what is expected of us if we wish to complete the apprenticeship programme.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Our training provider is supportive with any issues that are raised and the guidance that is provided by them is helpful and intuitive. Over all their attitude is positive.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We receive a lot of support from our employer. I receive immense support from my training manager. Any queries are always addressed quickly. My manager is always available and easy to get a hold of by email or on the phone. He always has time for us.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is a lot more than most modern apprenticeships so I feel lucky. The salary given is more than enough to meet travel, living, daily and social costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many events held outside of work to gel the apprentices together and make them work effectively as a team. Apprentice nights out, paint ball, helping with the science festival, careers evenings ands talks at schools and general event days.
9a. Would you recommend Leonardo to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a great apprenticeship scheme That is very rewarding. It has many positives and is a great way to start off a career as an engineer. The possibilities are endless with Finmeccanica.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Leonardo? *
The application process can prove challenging to people who are new to job interviews but if successful it is well worth the reward. My advice would be to learn as much as you can about Finmeccanica as a company through the internet or open days and use that knowledge to gain an advantage over other applicants.
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