1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
as a business management apprentice I move around different departments including operations, project management, finance and quality, carrying out tasks that I'm given on projects I'm working on.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
since starting my apprenticeship I have had to use Microsoft Excel quite a lot, which I haven't had to use much previous to this. this has made me learn lots of new and useful skills, especially formulas and how to use and write them.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have mixed feelings. When I'm busy and am doing work I enjoy the program, but there doesn't always seem like there is enough work for me to do.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
very well valued. My work colleagues have made me feel part of the team, despite the fact that I move departments. Everyone I have worked with has being more than willing to help me and made me feel valued. On the other hand, I feel that if I didn't do the work that I'm given it wouldn't be a big miss and would be done by someone else.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
There is a clear structure set out at the beginning of my apprenticeship, outlining when I will be moving departments and where I will be going next. as well as this it also outlines when I should be starting certain things, e.g. further education.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Not a great deal, although she is available by email, my provider/ assessor is based in Preston and I only have a face to face meeting with her once a month, which I don't think is enough.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a great deal of support from my employer, I'm able to go and see certain people who will support me or assist me should I have any problems. I also have a weekly meeting where I am asked if I have any problems and if everything is alright.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Despite travelling 1 hour to work and 1 hour home, my salary is still acceptable and I'm able to have these travelling costs whilst still having enough money to socialise outside of work.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There is opportunities outside of work for various things, ranging from a weekly football session at a local pitch to occasional trips to different sites and participate in other projects.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I would certainly recommend the technical and craft apprenticeships at BAE Systems, because for that type of job I don't think there could be much better projects to work on. As for the business apprenticeship I think that it is important for you to realise your in an engineering dominated area.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
It is very important that you constantly ask for work and are eager to keep yourself busy and to get yourself noticed for the right reasons, even if you feel your bugging people by asking them lots of time for work, its not a bad thing.
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