1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Working with the contract team as a PM apprentice, it is part of my role to monitor spends, milestones, any issues relating to the departments within the contracts, asset management and preparing for reviews on a monthly basis. It is essential that all key stakeholders are kept up to date with progress that we are making and any issues that need resolving.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes. I have now completed my higher apprenticeship as part of my sponsored degree programme learning new elements of projects management, including risk, stakeholder management and change management. Being able to implement what I learn in the classroom into my job allows a better understand of project management.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
My programme has enabled me to grow the network of people I know within BAE Systems to help progress my career and also to have the fortunate opportunity to study whilst working and building on the knowledge I gain through the work I do. The help and support I receive from the programme managers has been invaluable and has more than met my expectations.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
I feel extremely valued. This course is very well known throughout the business and when discussing this with people I meet, they appreciate the hard work and effort that is required and expected of the students. The company provides excellent training to ensure your job is completed to the right standard, and the support I have received within my current team has helped my knowledge grow and my confidence increase.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It is very well structured and I feel that each aspect of learning is made very clear. The support from people around you and a mentor I have been assigned has helped me to understand the business more. The university aspect of my course is also very good as they understand the work that needs to be done to gain a high mark and help you with this process.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
A lot of support is provided to ensure the correct information is taught and help is provided when required. This has allowed my work to improve and my understanding of how work should be presented to increase.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a lot of support from my employer as they understand the learning you need to progress your career and also the work that is completed through university. The guidance I have received from my current line manager has been fantastic and the support she has provided has allowed my work and understanding of the contract to significantly increase.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
This meets my needs very well. I travel quite a distance to work and university but my salary has made these things possible to allow me to lead a better life than I would have been able to lead if I was only at university.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a lot of opportunities within work to get involved in. Whether that is to go into schools and give something back to the community or to be involved in the ambassador scheme which helps promote what I do to young people who are just starting to think about their possible careers in the future.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
This is a fantastic company to work for and the knowledge and experience I have gained will massive help me with years to come. Anything you want to achieve within your career can be made possible and the company will support you in every way that they can.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
I was recommend people to be themselves. If you lie in your application it will come out when you have your assessment day and you've potentially jeopardised your chances of working at BAE in the future or prevented a potential candidate getting to the assessment day. Make sure you do your research, understand what the company does and show an interest. Ensure you have an interest in the company and a respect for what we do.
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