Apprentice Designer at BAE Systems

Start Date:
Barrow in Furness
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£15,050 annually
Review Date:
April 2016

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


my role is that of a strcutural designer of nuclear submarines. This includes CAD modelling and producing high spec drawings that go to the shop floor. From these drawings the shop floor can build the submarine. Being a structural designer my roles in the office cover a large part of the submarine such as the outside structure, the frames, seats, outfitting and more.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


yes i have learnt new skills. I have learnt how to bassicly operate two different CAD packages. FORAN and CADDS5. As i am only an apprentice these skills are still developing as i carry out knew tasks using the software each week.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy my programme alot as working with CAD packages is something i find interesting.

4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?


i feel like a valued member of each team i visit around the site.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The programme is well organised. We have two sets of bosses, one set look after our college, our NVQ and our pay etc and the other set sort out where we are going to be working in the buisness and our training for CAD packages that we need. i think its very professional and its good for us that there are so many people organising our programme and helping us through our apprenticeship.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


i recieve lots of support as there are lots of willing people to support me.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


i recieve lots of support from my employer whether its through my capability managers or other fully qualified designers on my squad helping me with a job.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


Very well.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


BAE systems provide an opportunity to obtain a degree if you have the correct grades when youve completed your 4 years at college. There are also aooportunitys to work with other apprentices coming through on outward bound courses if you wish to do so.

9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

Because you learn a trade well and it puts you on a steady setting for life, the money you earn allows you to enjoy life more outside of work like travel to different places or drive a nice car.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *

i would advise others applying to BAE systems to be motivated and enthuastic about what they are applying to do and show this in their interview.

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