New start designer at BAE Systems

Start Date:
Barrow in furness
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£28,300 annually
Review Date:
April 2016

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


In my current placement my day to day role involves, looking into the live model of the submarine and moving equipment around so it can be spatially matured to get to the next step, also I spatially mature the items and carry out an extensive checklist.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


Since September when I started I have developed lots of new skills including using the CAD systems and teamcenter.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I'm currently really enjoying the programme at the minute and getting to learn new skills and meet new people is fundimental for the success to progress in the future

4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?


BAE Systems is a really rewarding company to work for, without going into too much detail in Dec 2014 me and my partner had an 11 week premature baby and the company gave me 3 months off work with full pay, so i;m extremley grateful for this and this is why I feel valued.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The programme is really well structured, we go on placement for 9-10 weeks and then we go for 4 weeks to brush up on the soft skills side of things.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


Support is readily available if we need it from the training provider should we require it.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


Support is readily available if we need it from the employer should we require it.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


As I'm already a tradesman and in a retraining programme, my salary is very rewarding.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


The company are paying for me to attend a bridging course so that I can go on to do my HNC in Sept, this is a massive financial input from the buisness for which im very grateful.

9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

Brilliant future prospects and can honestly say, since I started BAE Systems in 2011 my life has changed massivley. Iv'e been able to get married and do things I could never afford before I joined. They provide lots of different courses for you to progress in the future.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *

Go for it and if at first you don't succeed try and try again, it took me 3 attemps to get into BAE and I kept trying and trying and in the end it paid off massively. On completion of my apprenticeship I won craft and pipe fitting apprentice of the year, plus not only that Iv'e got an excellent stable job for the forseable future.

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