1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As my apprenticeship is carried out in a 'block learning' style, I go to university for a few months, followed by a placement within the industry for a few months. This involves shadowing and working alongside experienced engineers, giving me the opportunity to learn on the job as well as putting into practice what I have been taught at university.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
My placement has given me the opportunity to work alongside a diverse range of people, enabling me to learn lots of new skills, and improve upon existing skills through practice in the workplace.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme a lot, as I've been given many exciting opportunities! I enjoy the varied style of the work, as well as the content covered at university.
4. How valued do you feel by BBC?
I find that many people I meet within the BBC are always interested to hear about my programme and the work that we do.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Our timetable is made out far in advance, so we have a chance to plan around it to cover work that needs done.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Like any university, a lot of it involves working by yourself, but we can always contact the lecturers by email if we run into any problems. Any content is posted online so we can have a look over it ourselves after the lecture. As we only go to university for a few weeks in the year, lectures can be pretty intense as they have to get through a lot of information at once, but the lecturers try to be as helpful as possible.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The BBC offers a revision week with trained engineers before exams. I've also received help with revision while dealing with a problem during placement, where the engineers I was working with were always happy to explain things in detail.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
When I go to university, the hotel, travel and dinner are paid for. My salary enables me to cover all of my costs such as rent, bills etc.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are always different opportunities to volunteer and get involved either within the local community or at BBC events.
9a. Would you recommend BBC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is an exciting place to work, as no two days are ever the same!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BBC? *
Be confident in your achievements to show what you could bring to the organisation.
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