1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an avionic/electrical apprentice at Raf Marham. Daily task include installing new mods to the aircraft, repairing/removing/installing electrical cables, removing computers and displays from the aircraft. I also have to test the systems and fault find if anything goes wrong, then repair the issue. I work along side other BAE permanent staff as well as contractors and also have to work with the RAF. At the moment my responsibilities are very limited, I am mostly responsible for my work space and safety.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
During my first year of training I learnt how to make of new and existing wires, which I am currently developing on base. I also learnt the basics about different aircraft systems, which over time I am becoming more familiar with and know how they work better.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I personally really enjoy the programme I am on. I was taught all about the aircraft and its systems even before I came into contact with one and I learnt new skills I would require before moving onto my on base phase. On base currently is excellent because I am developing my skills under the watch of extremely knowledgeable people who have been doing the job for many years.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
They take a lot of interest in my NVQ, I dont feel under any unnecessary pressures to do anything with in the company I would not want to do and they also understand any requirements I may have in general and regarding my NVQ specifically.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme was very well structured. At the start of the programme I was given a detailed plan of how my course would develop, what modules I would be doing when and when I was expected to complete it by. It is also set of in phases, phase 1; academic, phase 2; hand skills, phase 3; on aircraft training, phase 4; on base NVQ.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The training providers and staff with in the programme are very supportive, they take a huge amount of interest in the apprentices and if any issue should arise they will do everything they can to help you with it.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The support from the company is second to non, having had close dealings with HR and management for several reason I have found that they only want the best from the apprentices and will do their best to accommodate needs and deal with any problems.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
BAE's salary is very competitive for an apprentice wage. with regular increase at different intervals as you progress through the course and a substantial pay rise to meet the needs of moving living arrangements. obviously everyone would like more money but I find that it meets my daily needs and I cannot complain
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
On base there is 5-a-side football arranged by the company other than this I dont know of any other opportunities, how I would find out about them or get involved in them
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
They are a massive competitive company in the world of engineering, they are always aiming for the next big thing so there will always be work. they invest massively into the future of their staff with training and promotions. there are opportunities to travel all over the world and because they are competitive the pay is good.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Be confident in your own ability, always show interest in everything you do. Accept everything they offer you and dont waste the chance if you get it.
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