1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
To install, refit and connecthe critical motors, pumps and valves onto submarines.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Since being with a journey man, he has taught me new skills and everyday is a learning day when working with him.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the practical side however the theory side is boring and pointless as you don't learn anything at college.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
In some ways, I don't feEl as valued in BAE as a tradesman as apprentices are not allowed to use machinery and aerosols the forefront we cannot learn the necessary skills.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Not very! College days are pointless as we have been taught nothing and we don't learn anything to set you up for the job in BAE. We aren't learning the necessary practical skills and we do not learn our trade unless a journey man takes time to look after you and teach you. We are shoved in pointless placements which are unnecessary as we are learning nothing!
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive more support from my colleagues such as other apprentices, journey man and team leader.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I always receive support from my team leader and my journey man.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
We get paid above the national average wage for an apprentice however we should be offered overtime as people have personal circumstances where the wage just gets them by.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, we are able to takeep part in STEM activities as well as local engineering competitions.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I would recommend BAE to someone for the money however the apprenticeship and the way of learning is appalling. We need a better well structured programme and more support from the company and the training provider.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Don't be afraid to ask for help, you'll need to at times because you don't get taught the necessary skills in college.
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