1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Throughout my apprenticeship, my tasks consist of becoming an aircraft fitter, working with different materials such as aluminium, steel, titanium, and using different technique to manufacture componants and install them to new or pre-existing air frames
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Vastly improved my fitting skills, with the likes of riveting, drilling, countersinking, counterboring, installing fasteners, learning the processes with different chemicals and sealants etc.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Hands down the best decision i've ever made, i had 3 jobs prior to my employment within BAE Systems, and every aspect of the company and apprenticeship is second to non, from type of work, to company care and wellfare.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
Every placement i go too, i feel part of the team straight away, instantly on the job and preparing to partake in new tasks and interstesting and exciting ventures over my apprenticeship, and career, within the company
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
We have the NVQ Progression and stimulus explained too us, and what is expected from us in each placement, and each year, for example, my first year was training on various disciplines, second year manufacture, and final year will be aircraft systems.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Anything that is required, is available on request, whether it be training required to work in a certain placement, to understanding an example structure of an NVQ Job pack.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Equally as much support as my training provider, in terms of facilitating to suit any requirements, tailoring the placement/workload to suit the requirements in the job packs, and overall creating an inviting atmosphere.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
In my opinion, and from what i'm aware, the salary i get from the company is higher than most apprenticeships, understandably things will be much better once i come out my time and the salary increases, in terms of living arrangements, but for now, things are going okay.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
In terms of after work activities, there are a few things if you wish to get involved, such as mainly charity events, sponsored cycles, sponsored walks etc, and also the social clubs on site to accomodate afterwork meeting, and also leisure facilities such as an on site Gym.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
For a career choice that allows you to earn whilst you learn, personally it beats the university system hands down, earning the salary i do covers costs such as a car, food, day to day living etc, without a worry of such, in terms of with university, yes you can be granted student loans, however all repayable once you graduate, with an obsurd amount of debt before you even start earning properly.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Be confident, Be prepared, and stand out, this is your apprenticeship, and you want to shine as much as you can, be honest, if you're stuck, ask for help, every one is more than welcome to assist your journey throught training, and once you're employed full time post apprenticeship.
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