1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
That depends on what department we are placed in. Sometimes your day-to-day role will be integrating and setting up test equipment in the lab, and sometimes its spent managing spread sheets.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Most of the skills I have learnt and developed upon are I.T related, such as using business specific programs like SAP and Teamcenter, however I wouldn't say that I have learnt any new practical skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Again it really depends on what department you are in. Some departments have a lot of interesting and enjoyable work, whereas some only have very boring and tedious work.
4. How valued do you feel by Leonardo?
Not that highly. The company seems to have over subscribed the apprenticeship so the its struggling to accommodate us all, work and develop with us due to the amount of apprentices and lack of efficient useful and supportive management.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
t could be worse and it could be better. My main concerns are how the placements, and how college/learning and development are managed. I was due to go to two departments which are considered sought after and interesting departments, and which are more related to electronics than the others, these were taken from me at the last minute and whenever I try to find out whether ill be going to them I'm turned away. Generally I have missed out on a lot of electronics focused departments for reasons un-known to me and I believe this is going to affect my experience of the scheme.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Very little. Our college is dis-organised and the lectures are poorly structured as well as the entire college course. Sometimes our lecturers don't turn up and we waste a day hanging about, as well as time and money.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We receive what we need in terms of documentation and training, but the quality and extent of the support could be better and perhaps people with more knowledge on the topic should be training/teaching us.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I have no complaints with the amount of money I make. However claiming expenses is extremely long winded and difficult for us, if it ever even happens.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes there's a lot of charity work and visiting etc but again these could be better organised. It's often quite stressful taking part in these activities. Also quite a few people don't want to pay for the considerable expense of travelling into, around and out of London without the company covering it on expenses.
9. Would you recommend Leonardo to a friend?
Because they offer a decent amount of money if the person you recommended is successfully hired. One thing I would warn my friend of though is that I believe what they can expect from the apprenticeship should be taken with a pinch of salt, some of the positive aspects of the apprenticeship were inflated prior to me joining.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Leonardo?
The usual interview technique tricks. I could assist them with the long winded ITAR clearance and application process as well. Also what questions they might be asked.
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