PCFS Scheme at BAE Systems

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£21,970 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:


My current job is within the Export Licensing section of the business, i.e. providing documents that support the transfer of parts and software between countries and companies.

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


Upon completion of the scheme, I will have gained an Honours Degree in project management. In my first 6 months alone, I attended various training courses that furthered my knowledge on various aspects such as the general principles of the company, job related information and dealing with people.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I really enjoy the scheme, and have met a huge group of new people. Our year group on the programme contain a variety of ages and personalities, but everyone still gets on really well. The year groups are well integrated and its a new experience working with people who are potentially a lot older than you (sometimes 50+ in a team role environment)

4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?


At BAE Systems, apprentices are highly valued as they are considered the future of the company and the future workforce. A lot of attention is put onto us and support is always available where required.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The programme consists of 4 working days, and one college/uni day a week. In terms of this structure, there is usually enough work available to keep you busy, and the atmosphere and more relaxed vibe at college is a nice way to split up the week.

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


To be truthful, there are some tutors that are a lot more helpful than others. Focusing on the good ones, they are always on hand to answer any queries in regards to assignments or emxams, and are fairly quick at replying to emails.

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


The scheme managers are particularly helpful, and really look out for the apprentices best interests. Queries are replied to fairly quickly and your feelings are always considered.

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


At the beginning of the scheme, I felt that I had more than enough money and was able to spend on things that I previously wouldn't have. However, as the case with most people, as you get older things start getting more expensive (car, insurance, board, holidays etc.) but I think the general consensus would be that for our age group, we are paid particularly well.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


There are always multiple charity events occurring in and outside of work, including site walks, tours, cake sales, family fun days etc. and additionally there are various sports clubs that are available.

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


9b. Why? *

The companies reputation speaks for itself. It's a very highly sought-after job, and the pay is particularly appealing! It's a really good opportunity to kick off your career with a globally recognised brand, and opens a lot of windows for the future.

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

During the application process, try and come up with original examples - there are so many mediocre ones that the assessors will have come across a million times. Be creative and make yourself stand out (as long as it is applicable!) In your interview / assessment day, try to RELAX. The questions asked are not there to catch you out and the assessors are well experienced in trying to keep you calm - interviews are generally more chatty and informal. Make sure you dress for the occasion. Majority of boys wear a full suit, and girls; suit pants/smart skirt.

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