1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am undertaking a 3.5 year Mechanical Design Apprenticeship. This involves me completing my Mechanical Engineering National Certificate (NC) and an NVQ based on my role within the business. On a day-to-day basis I work on design placements within my discipline with guidance from more experienced team members. I am mechanical which means I mainly work with pipework systems routing these through the model using a CADDs package FORAN. I do both 2D (diagrams) and 3D (model) work. I keep evidence of the jobs I do on these teams for my NVQ. I also attended college once a week. I am currently in my 3rd year of the apprenticeship and have completed my NC and have progressed onto my Mechanical Engineering Higher National Certificate (HNC) with funding from BAE Systems.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
From this apprenticeship I have vastly improved my knowledge on both Engineering and Ship building. I have also developed skills on different CADDs packages such as FORAN and CADDS5.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy that I can contribute to actual work whilst learning on the job. Rather than working on pretend scenarios etc.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
Very; As an Apprentice you are treat as a normal employee with the added support if needed..
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very. I am on track to completing my NVQ meaning I will finish my apprenticeship within the planned 3.5 years.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Furness College is our training provider. I receive support when required.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive as much or as little support as I require. I always feel i can go to someone with questions or issues and these will be sorted.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Very; BAE Systems do not pay us minimum apprentice wage.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are opportunities for advanced learning funded by BAE Systems. There are also lots of social opportunities outside of work such as charity football matches, nights out, Keswick to barrow walk etc.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is an enjoyable experience where you learn on the job and are getting paid a good wage to do so.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Don't panic! It is a very friendly place to work and always ask for help when you need to don't be scared. Everyone is really helpful.
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