1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Wind Technician - joining a wind turbine service team and progressing through the Siemens training programme to increase competency rating. General duties of servicing and assisting on maintenance works.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Spent 12 months (2x6 month periods) at college gaining knowledge and practical skills in general engineering. On site training gaining skills and knowledge of Siemens wind turbines and servicing/maintenance of them.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Very much enjoy the programme. I love to work outside. I enjoy the travelling. I like the varied training environments - switching between site, college and Siemens training centre.
4. How valued do you feel by Siemens?
Very valued - not to move away from instrinsic incentives, but the money Siemens spend on an apprentice makes you feel highly valued. All training, PPE and travel expenses catered for.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Well organised. I would personally say it would be better if all college sessions were together as opposed to college blocks breaking up site placements, but you are well informed about all training placements and well looked after.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Good level of support if given from college placement, but Siemens provide large majority of training and provide a lot of support in all kinds. Given constant support to ensure training is going well and even given support if training courses are failed.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Constantly given support, whether it be college support, support on living away from home etc. Also introduced to Siemens benefits which give support in all walks of life.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Very well. Relatively good wage when based at college. When placed on site am given all expenses for travel and living costs and also accrue overtime which is added to wage, giving a very good apprentice wage.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
You are trained to a very high standard and attain various certificates which will help in other jobs (e.g. Offshore training). Introduced into Siemens Social Network which helps with socilising within organisation.
9a. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Very well looked after. Given a large amount of training in various different environments. Very fair in conditions of apprenticeship and are given a lot of support reaching goals.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens? *
Be aware of the job role - it will involve travelling and time away from home. Otherwise cannot fault it. Make sure you thoroughly prepare for application process as it is a very popular apprenticeship.
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