1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As an apprentice you rotate around different departments and I have worked in different functions such as Finance, HR, Operations and Project Management. This has given me a great overview of the company and means that my day-to-day tasks has always been varied.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I think that since starting at the company in 2014 my confidence has grown and my interpersonal skills have developed too. I am in the process of completing my NVQ Level 3. I am at a smaller site where for some reason even though the schemes are advertised the same I do not gain the same qualifications as those at another site, and to me this is an issue.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have really enjoyed my apprenticeship. Each team that I have worked with at Brough have been supportive and helped me so much with my day job and anything I feel I have been struggling with. I didn't know what to expect when I joined but have been given so many opportunities in 2 years.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
Very! They have recognition schemes where people can nominate you for awards so know that if I have gone above and beyond to do something it will be recognised by the company. They also run internal apprentice awards and some will get nominated to National Apprentice awards which is rewarding.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I have enjoyed the experience however you can tell that the site has not had business apprentices for a couple of years as the programme needs updating. Anything that I had felt needed changing or looking at has been mentioned to the training staff at Brough and it has been sorted. Some placements are not as beneficial as others.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I wouldn't say that I am completely satisfied by the way that the training side of my apprenticeship has been run. I don't see my assessor often, I receive different qualifications to those on the same scheme at me but at a different site and got sent to a training facility to cover some of my NVQ which has been of no benefit whatsoever.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I feel like if I had a problem I would know who to go to and who to speak to and get the support I needed.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The starting salary is basic but better than most other apprenticeship schemes. You get pay rises over the two years and the salary at the end is significantly higher to when you start. It has allowed me to cover the cost of the running of my car to and from work and allowed for a comfortable lifestyle outside of work.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are so many things for you to get involved in, if you are willing to put yourself out there. In your first year you get sent to Outward Bound, I have also participated in trips overseas, to RAF bases and educational activities such as The Big Bang Fair. There are also football and netball clubs ran by apprentices at the bigger sites.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a good way to start your career, rather than going to university and coming out with a degree but no job at the end of it.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
The application process is lengthy so make sure you don't leave it the day before the deadline. It is not a trick question when they are asking if you know anyone who works there either!!
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