1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role involves working on the Successor design program for the next generation of Nuclear Deterrant carrying submarines. Unfortunately I can't say much on the role due to it's security nature but I work as a Mechanical Designer, designing piping systems on the boat using CAD drawing packages.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, I have learned many physics, engineering, maths, communication, leadership and problem solving skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy most of the work based training but find that the academic studies could be better taught. As a mature student returning to studying, getting a grip of some of the concepts can be a little difficult at first!
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
Highly valued, from the first day I was given real responsibility within the project and I have been given new challenges as the time has gone forward. I have been given the opporunity for further growth within the business and have developed myself as a direct result.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very well, I know exactly who to report to and who to speak to should I have any issues.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Some of the staff can be excellent and are more than happy to help out but others come across as being unable to do anything but the bare minimum. This is a little disheartening when you are trying your best to get the good grades but aren't equipped with the knowledge to complete the assignments.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
BAE supports it's apprentices incredibly well, they see your potential and want to help you in reaching your goals. My colleagues are always willing to help me and graduates are always on hand to help with the more academic aspects of the course.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The first year wage was a little difficult to live off but I find the current wage is comfortable to live on.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
YES. So, so many. I have become a member of the BAE First Aid Corps since I started here and am a qualified First Aider. I am also a member of the Apprentice Council and have also been trained as a STEM Ambassador, working in local schools to inspire young people into engineering roles.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Loads of support, loads of new challenges, a great place to grow and build an excellent career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Just give it your best, the people here are so friendly and are wanting to help you be the best you can be. Be honest and don't be afraid to think outside the box. The process of your projects is more important than the end results.
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