1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As an apprentice my day to day roles vary depending on which department I am working in. However, I am currently in Resource Management which requires a lot of communication with each engineering function to ensure we support them as best we can.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
As part of my apprenticeship I move around all of the main departments throughout the company and learn lots of new skills "on the job". I have also been able to develop some of my existing skills such as time management, communication and teamwork. As well as this I am completing my HNC business course at college and have already completed my SVQ in Business and Administration level 3.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
So far I have enjoyed my time as an apprentice. This is mainly because the work I carry out is usually varied which helps keep most tasks I do interesting. Also in each of the departments I have worked there is good teamwork which has made it easy to settle in.
4. How valued do you feel by Leonardo?
I feel that each department I have worked in so far has appreciated what I have to offer and this has been shown by my involvement in important tasks. As well as this I have received positive feedback from all of my end of placement reviews which makes me feel like I've done a good job.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Each apprentice has a designated placement plan which is based around which department you are likely to join after your apprenticeship. As a result of this each of your placements are tailored accordingly. However, some off these placements are organised at the last minute and as a result there is limited work.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
At college there is limited support available but this is because you are only there once a week. However, if you do have any questions you can email the lecturers for their opinion and help. Also, I have completed my SVQ so do not require any support from that side of things anymore.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
During my day to day tasks I am given all of the support I need from my placement supervisor and if I still have any problems they are more than happy to help. However, I have received very little support with regards to my final placement.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
For an apprentice, even though I'm living a fair distance away from work greatly increases my traveling costs, I receive a good salary which more than helps cover my living costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
You are heavily encouraged to take part in a number of different events and activates, both internally and externally. These events offer you the opportunity to do something different as well helping you build a profile within the business.
9. Would you recommend Leonardo to a friend?
This apprenticeship is a great opportunity for you to learn new skills, on the job, that will help further progress your career. As well as this it offers much more, such as: a good salary, company benefits and great working conditions.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Leonardo?
Make sure that you take time and care in each of the application processes as first impressions are important.
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