1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Technician Apprenticeship - first year at the BAES training academy followed by 2.5 years of rotational placements throughout Military Air and Information.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
We acquire an HND with opportunities to go on to BEng (Hons) alongside a level 3 NVQ. The chance to be accredited as EngTech ARAeS upon completion is also ideal.
You learn all basic fitting, CNC machining, CAD and electrical skills, expanding on your knowledge depending on your specialisation.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Although pay for the first two years is not fantastic - especially for those who have to move - it is a fantastic programme opening up many opportunities in the business.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
We are often reminded that we are the future of the Company. Managing directors and supervisors believe strongly in the programme.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is well structured with many opportunities and further personal development including first aid, Outward Bound and volunteer work.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The current training provider is of low standard and I personally have never felt challenged by them. Some tutors organisation and teaching skill is low at best.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
BAE Systems plc provides a huge amount of support, including their internal training platforms.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
For me who moved 250 miles as an alternative to university, the pay packet is very mediocre. There is absolutely no way that anyone can afford to relocate for this scheme without outside help from family or other means.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes. The Company has two social clubs (Warton and Samlesbury) which include gym, sports pitch, bar, etc. There is also a BAE flying club based out of Blackpool airport who provide reduced rate tuition to all employees.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
There is no better company or apprenticeship programme outside of the Royal Air Force that allows you to work up close and personal to some of the latest and most advanced technologies in the world. BAES also offer much more than the RAF if you wish to develop yourself as an engineer rather than a mechanic.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Be yourself, but knowledgeable. Read up on the Company's operations within MAI, subs, maritime...
It helps massively if you are passionate about aviation and the aerospace industry.
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