1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a Maintenance apprentice for Siemens in Congleton. Currently my daily tasks consists of learning how all of the different machines work so that when they breakdown I have an idea of how to fix it. I have to manage my own placements and spend an appropriate amount of time on each machine to ensure I know most of the ins and outs. I have projects to complete to help and organise the maintenance area. I have nearly completed one project which is creating a board to brainstorm ideas to fix a long term problem on a machine. My second which I am in the process of starting is to build and create a shadow board for tools within the maintenance workshop. Everyday I have to attend meetings and give opinions on what is happening and how to solve some problems. I am also apart of the 'junior factory' building systems for the shop floor.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt how to be more confident within my self and not to be afraid to voice my opinions. I have developed my team working skills and have a lot of input to the team. I have been on an electrical insulation course which has increased my knowledge on low voltage dangers. I am currently studying my Btec level 3 and PEO level 2, these have increased my knowledge on electrical wiring skills and business of companies.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the job I do as it is no repetitive, it is different every single day. the team I am in are really kind and caring and make me feel apart of them, this is extremely nice as I am the only girl on the team. I also get along with the other apprentices in my year and have become great friends since starting. the company has a friendly environment to work with. it met my expectations and I wouldn't change it to go anywhere else. I enjoy my job everyday.
4. How valued do you feel by Siemens?
I feel very valued by my company, my manager is easy to talk to if there is a problem and he will go out of his way to solve any issue I have. I get recognised through the champions scheme if I do something good for the company as well as the suggestions scheme. I can get involved with local schools to encourage them through the rollercoaster challenge. I have been valued from day one.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
my apprenticeship has been organised for me as a trial run being the only apprentice within my department/area. with it being the first they have planned and organised my apprenticeship very well and I have seen no faults with it so far! I had an induction, been told my studying hours and college days, any support I need anyone within the business is happy to help me. Prior to my apprenticeship starting I had a meet and greet with my sponsor/ manager and a tour of factory, my family were invited to this too.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive a lot of support from my training advisor and they are happy to help with any training issue I have. I am provided with guidance with what is required from me and support in what I have to do and how to go about it if I am unsure.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My manager is the best at supporting me, I got placed with a manager that is well suited to the way I work. Any college, work or even home issues my manager is great to help me and I know it will be done in confidence and confidentiality. he also has a positive attitude towards helping me and always puts time a side to ensure I am getting what I require.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
my salary provides me with enough money to cover my living costs, travel to both work and college, maintain my car and fuelling it, daily and social costs are also met, the salary is also enough for me to save money for a house and for a holiday as well as having some spare to spend freely on myself.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
the company hosts events outside of work that any employee can attend, they have charity events, schools events and voluntary events to help with the community. within the company the IT department hold classes to teach some how to use the intranet and the files on it as well as other Siemens own programmes.
9a. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Siemens has helped me from day one, since the moment I applied for m apprenticeship. I came here on work experience and loved it so much I couldn't wait to apply. they offer so many opportunities for their employers and have so many advantages that help!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens? *
when applying ensure you take your time and not to rush straight into it. be prepared for the question stage of the application as they can be very difficult. be positive and always show enthusiasm.
More from SiemensMore Reviews Company Profile
Get personalised jobs straight to your inbox
Save time job hunting - get tailored job opportunities sent straight to you!