1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Emergent Work Team Apprentice, daily tasks include supporting the LOAA in his role and approving snags which come through from the shop floor, running reports and providing stats for budget etc.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
New skills learnt at the Academy and in depth training fit to the working environment, any training or courses relevant to the job role are considered once on base and I have learnt many new skills relevant to the new environment.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The team which I work alongside are helpful and knowledgeable, this I similar to the wider environment on base where I feel I can ask for help if needed. The working environment matches my expectations well.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
At my 3 monthly reviews through my apprenticeship I get good feedback and this helps to promote a good sense of recognition, day-to-day I feel like I fit into my team well and my managers tell me if I have done well.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is highly structured during the first year where each lesson is planned out, then into the second year I feel the NVQ is structured but my working day is not, this helps me integrate into the team well and have time to act as a 'normal' employee for my team.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The tutors and training staff have all been highly supportive and I still feel now that if I had any issues I would be able to approach them. My NVQ assessor now supports me and has a good attitude towards my learning.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The management team have a good attitude towards supporting me in my role and my NVQ and offer help and guidance where necessary with any problems I may have, I have easy access to support in many forms.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Initially the salary met costs more easily as accommodation was provided but now living costs have increased as my location has, the salary still is appropriate to the job.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
The base organises events for RAF personnel and other companies employed within the base. The academy living accommodation is a good environment to make new friends and socialise.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I have enjoyed my time within my apprenticeship and feel it is a good stepping stone into this environment, I feel fully supported and have no complaints about the company.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Be prepared and plan prior to the interview, research the company well and the products and packages we produce. It would be good to have been told how many other applicants there were at each stage.
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