1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am now working as a piping detail designer, mainly focussing on spatial integration. This involves routing all the pipework systems correctly within the designed structure. I am giving the ownership of certain systems and have to converse with other disciplines within the detail design phase to ensure a coherent design.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Since entering this job I have been able to further develop and enhance my CAD skills from which I had created a solid foundation from school education. In addition to this my communication skills have been tested and in turn, progressed as in order to achieve the completion of jobs I must seek advice and knowledge of fellow colleagues. Also by pulling on the experience of the workforce I have built up a wealth of knowledge regarding pipework systems and general on-ship systems functionality which aids my understanding of the task in hand.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The programme is currently enjoyable, with balancing both working life and continuing education through college, something knew is learned everyday. The programme has also exposed me to a variety of different functions across the business and created a good platform from which I can build upon.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
Now as a 3rd year apprentice, I am beginning to feel more and more valued by the business as I am giving greater responsibility in the tasks I am assigned. In addition to this, at managerial level, it has become more common for them to be interested in apprentice's work and programme we are undertake, which again make me feel much more valued by the business.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The general arrangement of the programme provide suitable grounds from which apprentices can succeed, however it could be tailored further to suit a more naval knowledge base and focus more on the processes from a business perspective opposed to generic.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Appropriate support is provided when required and in a timely manner. From a personal view, whenever issues have risen, adequate support has been provided to accommodate my requirements.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The employer show their support through sponsorship for college programmes and host apprentice council forums where any concerns can be raised.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Again from a personal point of view, travelling costs in fuel take up a substantial chunk of my monthly salary. Out with that the salary allows me to lead a comfortable enough lifestyle for where I am in life currently.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Company events are offered up on an ad-hoc basis and the representative is chosen randomly, which sometimes makes it difficult to ensure you are given the opportunity to attend these events. School co-ordination happens in a variety of formats which is open to all apprentices.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Apprenticeship programme provides a great foundation for a future career and develops your skills efficiently. Also the business as a whole is striving to succeed with a positive mind set.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Ensure you come across a s a confident and willing to learn during the interview stage as these as key personal characteristics which will help make you successful in the business.
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