1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role is a technical apprentice, I attend college one day a week and the rest I spend on site moving between different placements. This involves learning about the department and completing task like fault finding, circuit building and testing.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt about electronic components and how these function in a circuit. I have learnt how to fault find these circuit. I have developed my skills in working with new people and my IT skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have really enjoy my apprenticeship so far, I enjoy the areas within the company I have worked in and the product that I have worked on. The people on site have been really friendly when working in their department and when I have asked for help.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
Placement supervisors are always happy and appreciative when you complete a task for them, and when helping with any other events on site our managers are sure to pass on their thanks.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The structure is great, the first 9 months is of site where we are taught the basics to help us with the course. We then move on site and go through placements throughout the site, as well as day release to college.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The training supplied here is of a good standard, there can be some issues with the tutors not being in and cover not being supplied due to lack of staff, and the organisation could be improved.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive excellent support from my employer. I know who to ask if I have any issues, and I have a review every 12 weeks where I am asked if "I feel safe", how college is going and if I need any additional support.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is great, but I started the apprenticeship three years after sixth form and so I am approaching an age where I would like more money to match the stages I am coming to in my life.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are so many opportunities outside of work, so many that I have to be careful to to take on too many responsibilities so that it overlaps too much with my placements and college work.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a great place to work and a very friendly environment. you can learnt a lot from the apprenticeship and these skill can help your through out your life.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Make sure you sound keen on the company and the products that we build. Show an interest in engineering as a whole and not just one area on engineering. Be confident and relaxed in the interview.
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