1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
A technical apprentice is someone who has an understanding of the basic physics of engineering. An average day consists of liaising with people from different departments; which could be design, structures or integration, and discussing the project at hand.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new skills, such as work shop skills i.e. drilling riveting and machining, computer skills i.e. software and spreadsheets and educational skills with the collage day to get your engineering qualification. as well as this I have a first aiders qualification and I have been on a team building activity to the lake district developing people skills and team-based skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy every aspect of the job, the work is interesting and helps the day go by, the people I work with make me look forward to going into work, the company have so many benefits and will help you more than you'd expect. it is a lot better than I could have ever expected.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
I feel very valued in my place of work, I am given a lot of responsibility which makes me feel like part of the team, I get involved in a lot even out of hours activities. as well as this I have been recognised as going above and beyond and have been presented with a bonus cash prize.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
As my years intake was the first to be moved to Preston for the first year we were the guinea pigs ironing out all creases, but surprisingly it was very well organised and the structure of the programme hasn't changed at all. We all have the correct support and somebody to go to. definitely no complaints about organisation or structure.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Our training provider for college work is excellent, we are not just taught to pass the module we are actually learning about the business. we have our tutors email addresses so if we struggle with an assignment we have someone to contact and arrange extra help. I really enjoy the training provided.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The apprentice co-ordinator has been here many years, there is nothing he cannot do, he comes around and sees each apprentice once/twice a week and does anything in his power to make us feel comfortable. The HR team are very close to the apprentices offering us work or help if we need, we truly feel like part of the business since walking through the doors on day one.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I share a house in a nice area of town and have previously got the train to work everyday, I managed to buy lunch everyday and still manage to go out or treat myself most weekends for my age I cannot complain but I would still appreciate a little more as I feel I have a similar level of responsibility to those on a higher salary than myself.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I have joined an ambassador scheme which means I get to go into schools and teach kids of all ages about engineering. this is great because I like the feeling of inspiring young people. there are also opportunities to go abroad and to different sites. plus there is a company team building week in the lake districts within the first few months.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because the opportunities that the future holds are endless, there are so many jobs in BAE Systems across the World. The benefits of pension and the ability to join the share scheme and union. Everybody can find a job they enjoy and the people really do make it.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
When filling out your application form, make yourself sound interesting, you need to stand out, so if you can, volunteer, get some experience under your belt. Have a project you can talk about, always give an example with every question. interviewers don't like to push you for an answer, so no one word answers.
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