1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
General day to day tasks include fault finding and servicing on seven different sites across the North East of Scotland. Turbine types, 1.3 CS, 2.3 CS and 2.3VS.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
As well as completing my apprenticeship and qualification I have been able to develop my existing team work skills which has been beneficial to me.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my apprenticeship programme, I got the opportunity to move to Newcastle for 18 months to complete my college course and 6 basic weeks of training at the Siemens Training Centre. Not many apprenticeships would give you the opportunity to do this so I am lucky to have done this.
4. How valued do you feel by Siemens?
I feel valued by Siemens and there is always help when needed. Although I feel valued I know I must give 100% at all times and must complete my NVQ to be given the opportunity to gain a permanent position.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The apprenticeship programme is well structured. The only thing I would change would be the arrangement of certain units within the college course. Some would have been more useful in the first block of college before attending site for 6 months.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I am currently in the middle of completing my NVQ in wind turbine operation and maintenance which is run by Belfast College. Help and support is always there when needed and my assessor is only an email/phonecall away.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Help and support is always there when needed and my manager is only an email/phonecall away. Ask HR are also helpful for any other issues which need resolved.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Our salary is quite good for an apprenticeship and the opportunity for overtime is always there at site. I am in my third year and have recently moved out and my salary is well enough to do this.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There is always volunteering opportunities and company events available within Siemens and they encourage everyone to get involved in these types of events.
9. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend?
They are a great company to work for, offer a good apprenticeship scheme and salary that matches. Various opportunities to progress in the company and to work abroad.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens?
To be well prepared about the company and the wind industry for example. Tell them about the opportunities and experiences that I have experienced.
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