1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Technician placement at BAE Systems Warton or Salmesbury, there are 4 initial training placements (fitting, electrical, CAD and turning/milling) we then go on site and work in placements around the workplace, these are extremely varied and could range from sub assemblies, assemblies or testing/design.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned many new skills while undertaking this apprenticeship, this includes not only specialisation knowledge, but also basic knowledge, such as house wiring and using tools.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy the work done and have enjoyed aspects of all placements. The company treats employees fairly and equally and this provides a comfortable environment to work in.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
Constant reviews are done by tutors and managers to ensure we get the praise and feedback we need, also people higher in the company constantly reinforce how much apprentices are needed.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is clearly laid out and the overall structure is good and simple, alongside this it has been made clear at which points in the course pay rises will be given and where positions will be.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Tutors are very approachable and can be asked about most issues. They will make best efforts to help and if they can not they will seek the appropriate person needed.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
HR and other contacts are easily reachable through company email. Most matters can be dealt with by talking to someone in the training centre however other contacts are available and will reply promptly.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I currently travel around 20 miles to work and can afford to run a car and make the journey. I still live with parents however I have enough disposable income at the end of the month to be comfortable.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many company events that can be attended and the company provides opportunities such as football teams and rugby teams. There is a flying club and model flying club.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The company is one of the leading apprenticeship providers in the country and offers great training, with the training provided it is possible to reach a high position within the company and excel in later life.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Practice working with tools and learn basic operations, do research into the company and the history behind it. Be prepared to present a project you have worked on.
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