1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
my role consists of working on designs under mentor ship, attending meetings and team briefs and assisting designers with other bits of work.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have definitely learnt to be more thorough in the work that I do as well as working better under pressure have also learnt new skills such as design checking and CAD drawing.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy various aspects of my programme, the ability to work with established engineers on a daily basis soaking up all the knowledge they have to give as well as learning the principles behind the railway system and railway signalling in general.
4. How valued do you feel by Siemens?
Even though I am an apprentice at the lower end of the career ladder I am still made to feel very important by Siemens and I get the feeling that they are investing in me and in my future. this gives me confidence and a sense of worth in every job I undertake.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme that I am on feels well structured with a very in-depth induction, great training courses as well as office meetings and talks on various topics. I know my position in the company and I know the team hierarchy and how it applies to me.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
personally I have never asked for support from my training provider but I would like to think that if I did need assistance I would be able to get it.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive as much support as I need from my training provider be it financial support like travel expenses, academic support and even just general support like balancing work and stress etc.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Personally being in the age group 20-25, I feel that the salary package could be a little better, I still manage to get by and yearly pay rises as small as they may be help to alleviate the strain, also living in London it would be nice to have a London allowance on top of that as the exact same apprenticeship at competitor companies offer this allowance as well as pay more for the same apprenticeship.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are an abundance of opportunities outside of work such as conventions, awards ceremonies, voluntary work, team build exercises and company events throughout the year.
9a. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I would recommend Siemens to a friend especially one that aspires to be an engineer in the future as it provides a very stable platform to begin your career as an engineer receiving quality training and experience as well as a good pathway to move higher in the company, it is simply a brilliant opportunity for a young aspiring engineer.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens? *
The only tip I can give is just go for it, fill in the application and just do it, the application process consists of various stages and this then leads on to an interview and assessment where you will also get a chance to speak to some of the senior apprentices who will talk about the course and what its like.
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