1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Over the course of the year, We have completed 3 units: CAD, Fitting and Electrical. We have also completed 3 external units for each section: Health and Safety, Communication and Working efficiently. These areas are covered over 3 assessment jobs in each section. Within the training centre there is an apprentice forum that is well represented from each group. Any issues raised are either dealt with in house or taken to a Trade union meeting for further debate with higher authority personnel. Each day we complete tasks as a team and also as an individual. Our responsibilities are to act safely, perform efficiently, be punctual and to complete work in time.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
In my first year I have completed an NVQ level 2 in Engineering operations. I also attend college, where I am studying an extended diploma in aeronautical engineering. I also attended and completed the outward bound course. A week in the lake district completing team building exercises. I feel I have improved my team working ability, Communication, Time management, Problem solving, Safety awareness and also to take responsibly where appropriate.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
From leaving school to work was a big step but the instructors and also my colleagues have made me feel extremely comfortable. It has surpassed my expectations and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
I feel well valued by the company. Any projects that have taken place whilst I have been here I feel I have been involved in. Any efforts I make are often appreciate by the staff and colleagues. I have been praised at my reviews and this motivates me to continue the work I have put it.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The whole program has been well organised and the structure has been effective. A training plan was provided and regular section reports ensure that you stay on path to complete the apprenticeship.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The tutors are very supportive and ensure that you understand what you are learning. We have received a contacts list, stating all the contacts we would need in different scenarios. We have repeatedly been informed of advice lines and where to go if we have any problems.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Online resources are available to provide us with courses in different areas. These contribute and develop my knowledge and skills that I can transfer into the workplace
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As I don't really have many commitments at 16, it is suitable for my personal needs. I get the train to work and pay my parents for living at home. I pay for anything that is for my personal life and I have enough disposable income to do so. I am also saving for a car and am involved in the companies share scheme.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Any company events are posted on the company intranet before hand. Any events outside of the company that the company are involved with are promoted on the intranet. Each of the sites have their own leisure facilities that are available to us. The company also has its own sports teams and are promoted around the centre and on the intranet.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The structure and quality of training is extremely high and the skills that you learn are those you will retain for the rest of your career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
I would spend a lot of time on the application in order to give yourself the best chance of progression in the recruitment stages. Do as much research as you can and don't be afraid to ask questions. Have confidence in your own ability and back yourself.
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