1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I have had 3 to 4 differing roles so far during my apprenticeship - enabling me to get a comprehensive view of the wider business and my part in it. My role at present is to provide project control delivery within the F35 contract.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have gained a working knowledge of Microsoft Project this year - something I was lacking in previous placements. Dealing directly with the customer this year has increased my confidence in my stakeholder management skills - and my core project control skills, such as EVM and scheduling have came on leaps and bounds. I have also been on an internal course to gain insight into the financial and accounting processes within the business.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The culture within the organisation is top notch - I moved over 150 miles to take this apprenticeship and the place now feels like home. I look forward to working with my team everyday, and know that the people who run the scheme, Bernard and Sharon, work tirelessly to ensure that apprentices enjoy their placements and get maximum benefit from these.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
My immediate and wider team value my services, providing regular feedback on how I'm doing. The people who run the scheme recently put me forward to work on Farnborough Airshow - one of BAE's premier sales and marketing events. This made me feel valued. The wider business has given me the opportunity to write an employee blog - and this made me feel valued too - as it gives a forum to discuss the topics that affect us as employees.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Top notch. Each year our training needs are taken into account and suitable placements found. The placements are then structured based on wider business needs. There is a culture that encourages studying, and I have found that everybody is on board with promoting a culture of hard work and striving to succeed.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
There are so many forms of support available that it is hard to summarise in one box. I have had personal problems during my apprenticeship, and the scheme helped immensely - providing advice, support and guidance.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There are so many forms of support available that it is hard to summarise in one box. I have had personal problems during my apprenticeship, and the scheme helped immensely - providing advice, support and guidance. - The scheme team and the employer team work together in these instances.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I rent a flat on my own and have some other costs - student debt and the like. I feel that we get paid very well as apprentices, but most apprentices live at home and have minimal outgoings. In this instance it is hard to say that my salary covers all of my costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There is a good social network and I have made many friends during my apprenticeship - this being of particular importance as I knew nobody in the area when I first moved here. There are always charity activites to get involved in!
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
See above answers. Great career progression, culture and a real job. You are given responsibility from day one and the support structure in place to succeed in it.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Be yourself. Do not put on a 'corporate' act - although try to look professional. People who are 'real' seem to get on here. Do not try to be something you are not.
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