1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I have various roles within the company as placements last up to 4 months, daily duties vary from CAD design to construction of aircraft units depending on my placement.
Interaction with different departments is a daily occurrence as projects cover a varied degree of skills.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Throughout my apprenticeship I have learned lots of new skills, beginning with my first year I learnt how to use various different tools and workshop equipment, as I advanced in my apprenticeship I had the opportunity to use CAD systems, read technical drawings and give presentations to various departments.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have fully enjoyed the programme I am on, I feel I have develop so much from when I first started the apprenticeship, the skills I have learned and the people I have met have all enabled me to achieve.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
I feel like a valued member when I go in to each department, I am treated as part of the team and are given tasks and challenges to complete as if I were working in this department.
The managers and staff all offer support and advice whenever I need it.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is very well structured with the chance to experience many different aspects of the company. If you are interested in experiencing other departments you are able to request to spend some time in there.
The assessors are also very helpful and guide you through the process of the NVQ's and placements.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The training providers are always available to help you, If you require help or guidance regarding the NVQ or placements they will offer advice.
There is a good support network in place and any issues are dealt with quickly.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Support is available from managers, supervisor, assessors and staff members. There is also support from the training centre and occupational health who will discuss any personal issues and help to resolve them.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
At first I found it difficult to pay my bills because of the salary which I was on, although BAES pay above the minimum wage it is difficult to afford travel costs and general bills.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many opportunities to get involved with different projects, these can range from community activities like visiting schools and helping local charities to representing the company at public events.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
BAES is a great employer who looks after its staff and apprentices, there are always opportunities to develop yourself and help others develop too.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Believe in yourself and work hard at school, although the application process may seem daunting if you prepare well you will succeed. Showing a willing to learn and develop yourself goes along way.
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