Project Management Higher Apprentice at BAE Systems

Start Date:
2015
Location:
Barrow-in-Furness
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
Salary:
£17,500 annually
Review Date:
25th April 2016

Review Score

8.3/10

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

8/10

I am currently a Project Management Higher Apprentice at BAE Systems. My role involves taking part in 4 month placements within different sections of the business, integrating into different teams and completing set objectives which allow me to meet the required competencies for the qualification.

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

9/10

Yes, the skills I have developed the most include communication, stakeholder management, confidence, planning and teamwork.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

8/10

So far, being part of the HA programme at BAE Systems has been a very valuable experience and I have enjoyed the opportunities I have received as a result.

4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?

9/10

BAE Systems is investing a lot of resource in my development and this makes me feel highly valued in the business. It is clear that the business is keen to invest in its future workforce.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

6/10

As the programme stands, the organisation is very good.

In my opinion, the structure of the programme itself could be improved. As the placements are only 4 months in length, HA's are not given a specific role within the team, and instead focus more around completing the objectives that were set in the beginning. If the placements were longer, this would give HA's more opportunity to work within a specific role and I feel this would improve our development on the scheme.

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

9/10

Support is constantly available as required.

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

9/10

Support is constantly available as required.

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

8/10

Very well due to my current living situation. As I am 19, I still live at home with parents and do not have a overwhelming amount of outgoings aside from Board, my car, and my phone bill.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

9/10

BAE Systems prides itself on integrating within the local community and there are many opportunities outside of work as a result.

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

Yes

9b. Why? *

For myself, this HA scheme was the preferred option over university.

BAE Systems is funding me to study for a degree, while developing my skills within the workplace, and I feel I have developed significantly since starting on the scheme.

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

Ensure you are aware that the demands of working life are much different when compared to college or sixth form. At first it can be difficult to get used to long working weeks as the majority of people that apply for the scheme are sued to college hours, however this is very easy to get used to and the value of the scheme is much more worthwhile then going to university in my opinion.

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