PCFS Higher Apprentice at BAE Systems

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£17,000 annually
Review Date:
April 2016

Review Score


1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


Project Controls - reporting weekly on project progress in metrics packs/ meetings, attending Tier meetings, and having various project team meetings to discuss new ventures/ developments. I have a wide range of interaction from those in my team, to those developing the schedules and delivering the project work, it is interesting and varied throughout the week.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have developed my excel skills which previously were minimal and I can now deal with altering formulas, finding the corruption in reports and assessing whether reports are reflecting the data correctly. I have also has various risk and schedule training sessions which have helped me understand more of the work which I do not edit but do have to deal with within my placement. In addition to this, the lead project controller has been a huge help in understand the business and how each of the tools used operate so that I am able to use them when required.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I am enjoying learning all of the tasks which come along with project controls and have integrated well within the project team and feel comfortable with approaching them, however there was some difficulty initially which has affected my outlook in this placement, but overall the experience has been a positive one and has taught me a lot which I will be able to use in future.

4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?


Overall I feel very valued, I am appreciated and understood in terms of what is required of me. In addition to this, I feel comfortable approaching my line manager about any issues regarding my placement, college or any external issues which may affect my work.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


I feel that it has some structure however it could do with a more rigorous guideline as certain areas do slip and sometimes planning is last minute and therefore it doesn't always give us the opportunity to engage as much as possible, however there is a process in place to raise these issues and I feel some of them are being resolved, therefore I think it is a work in progress due to the scheme being in its infancy.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


The support we receive from our Lecturer is very good and has improved drastically since having one core lecturer instead of a different one each week - and this should be noted as rated at 9/10.

This cannot be said for the support provided by the college itself. Issues are continually being raised relating to communication and contact with them and often information is not provided until the last minute causing stress. In addition to this, feedback has been poor and does not give constructive improvement areas to allow development and progression therefore I feel that this could be significantly improved - again this is something which is being looked into, however communication seems to be an on going problem.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


I receive ample amount of support from my line manager who is happy to provide whatever is needed to allow me to improve and develop and is willing to help resolve any issues to ensure I stay engaged and involved in my work.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


Currently I think my salary is sufficient for the current position I am in as I do not have many outgoing costs other than the cost of my car and phone, however in order to be able to afford to move out of my family home and either buy a house of my own or start renting in the local area, I feel it would be only just enough to cover this without any consideration for social and upkeep costs therefore I will not be able to do this for some time.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


There are a wide variety of opportunities to get involved in such as STEM, APM Challenge and other voluntary opportunities. I am aware that there are also sporting opportunities however I am not involved in any.

9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

It is a good opportunity to develop skills and engage with a wide range of people, as well as gain valuable experience is a well-grounded company which is committed to its staff.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *

I would like to have been told in more detail about all of the additional opportunities BAE provide (i.e. STEM, AMPC, awards etc) as this wasn't really something that was sold to be before I joined and I feel it is an important point to show how much BAE are trying to recognise those who work well and provide for local communities, even though it is such a large business. I think there also needs to be clearer description of what the courses actually involve as this was something I was still confused about after I began the work.

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