1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an Engineering Technician within BAE Systems. As I am currently in my second year, I am going through 12 week placements in multiple area's of the business to gain experience and a greater understanding of ship building as a whole. Because of this my daily tasks can vary depending upon the placement that I am. These tasks have included: -Attending plan of the day meetings with management to gain an understanding of the planning and strategy behind shipbuilding -Attending reviews with management to review change requests and to discuss there impact.
Other day to day tasks have range greatly this could be tasks giving to me by my placement lead, these could be anything from simple tasks that take a few hours to complex tasks which could lasts days.
I have worked on every current project that Naval ships is working on which has given me an excellent insight to the operation of the company and the hierarchy of the process itself.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have so far gained a HNC in Engineering systems and I'm currently in my first year of a two year HND course in Engineering systems. I have completed basic health and safety courses within the company to achieve the correct level of safety passport to do my job. I have improved upon confidence, communication and networking skills and I have also learnt upon the process of shipbuilding itself.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the Programme and enjoy working for the company.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
As an apprentice I do feel valued, those that you are working with take there time to ensure you have a full understanding of the task and what they do.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is well structured. We received a tailored induction to our course.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive good support from my training provider. They are knowledgeable and helpful.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive excellent support from my employer when I have needed it.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is excellent, competitive and fair.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are charity events in which you can sign up for, there are also more informal sports events such as an office meeting up to play football outside of office hours etc. You also receive discounts on Gym memberships and bike purchases.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Excellent Career path with the apprenticeship being an excellent foundation to build upon.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Be confident, friendly and enthusiastic.
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