1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a health and safety admin apprentice on the Crossrail project, my job role involves me collating stats that goes towards KPIs. As a health and safety apprentice I get the opportunity to interact with people of different level including engineers, site agent, project manager or health and safety manager. In order to get items close out as I receive positive intervention which is a platform for all operative on our project to provide suggestion to improve something, an observation or good practice- this mean I dedicate a lot of time to get these items closed out to a satisfactory level and one were the workforce is happy with. these issues can be simple or difficult or can encourage innovation and trying new things.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I definitely learnt a lot of new skills. the ability to communicate with people of different calibre. The beauty of keeping a record of all matters, to reference back. I am completing my NVQ level 3 in business administration. I have been on the Alcumus Sypol training, were I provide the correct information and this helps generate a COSHH assessment for material on site. Confined space training - what to do and what not to do in a confined space and tunnel entry and emergency procedures. I've had spill kit training and how to deal with spills on site. I have received my IT functional skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have a very supportive team who are available to answer any of my questions. I have one to one mentoring provided by my line manager. My team encourage me to do well and motivate me to keep learning. Health and safety has met well beyond my expectation I thought it would be all about first aid and bandages but it's also about reporting incidents, inspection goes towards stats and taking care of the workforce and ensuring their are measures in place to keep them safe.
4. How valued do you feel by BBMV?
I feel like a very valued member of team and the scores from the KPI does reflect my effort at work. I do receive recognition for my work. During my annual/month review my manager discuss how much I've developed and appreciate the work I do. I do get credit from the clients for my contribution towards the scores. All sort of chocolate treats!
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
From the beginning of my apprenticeship I received all the support and resources I required and my manager was able to sit down with me and let me know what unit I will be able to accomplish. I was given an induction on the project and systems in place. there is a apprenticeship forum every 2 weeks and graduate apprentice and fellow apprentice ask were we are in our apprentice and how we are find the role and any support or mentoring is provided. the organiser of the meeting has also provided resources/diagrams on how to complete unit.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
my training provider I see every week in class and they support and provide material that goes towards completing the unit. They also ask us to present which helps with presentation skills. The tutor are also available on the phone and email, if were having trouble completing a unit we can contact them. We also have someone come from the college to check how we are doing at work.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I am provided with a lot of support from members outside my team and they are happy to explain anything that I am having difficulties with for example I wasn't sure on the amount of ventilation is required in a tunnel and he was able to let me know that it is a legal requirement.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary is higher than most apprenticeship and all apprentice at any age get the same salary and it increases in your first year and once you complete the apprenticeship. I am very fortunate to live quite close to my workplace so I don't require public transport to commute to work.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a lot of different events available to network with other in the industry and this is arranged via my company. outside of work their are different leisure activities and courses available.
9. Would you recommend BBMV to a friend?
Yes, good experience and learn new skills. It is a good way to secure a hob or gain the relevant skills to help you to do that role. Any missing qualification in English, IT or math this is also covered and you will be given lessons and a qualification.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BBMV?
If you are applying for an apprenticeship treat it like a real job interview, were you prepare for the job interview. Read up on the job and check the job role and what your getting yourself into. Ask as many question as you can and career options available.