1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am commercial apprentice and my role mostly consists of customer facing activities such as bidding for work, pricing up requests and contract management.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned a wide range of new skills as well as developing skills I already had - this has been done through courses provided by BAE Systems and through experiences within the business.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme a lot. At first I wasn't too sure whether it was the right career path for me as I have little interest in engineering and to be honest it was never what I dreamt of doing when I was younger but after a few months I soon realised I was in a well paid, stable job with great career prospects.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
Despite having thousands of employees, I do feel valued within the company as the perks that we are provided with show that we are not always a profit driven company like some businesses that are renowned for having demotivated workforces.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I feel that the programme could be structured better as at times many apprentices feel they are not getting the support they need often enough. From what I have seen though the programme is improving.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We receive moderate support but at teams I feel as though I'm falling behind with my qualifications because I will request help if I am stuck on something and it can be months before I have a response. This is no fault of the training providers or their ability, it's just that there's so many apprentices to look after.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a large amount of support from my employer whether it's career advice, flexible working hours or even health care.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As an apprentice I do feel that my wage is below what it should be when I compare it to people who do the same jobs as me in the office. I agree that the wage should be around £13k when we first start but I have developed into someone who can work just like a full time member of staff in the space of 12 months yet I am still on around £15k a year. Also, with some of the things I have to pay for at this age I do feel that I am stretched with my money.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes there are a wide range of clubs, societies and events that employees are welcome to get involved with.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
They are a large organisation in a large industry that looks after their employees better than the vast majority in the UK and they provide a good salary (for full time employees).
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Try to show in your interview process that you are able to work as a team player.
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