Apprentice Designer at BAE Systems

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£9,020 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:


I am at college full time for the first year of my course to receive the qualifications needed to move into the business. I have workshop 16 hours a week and regular lessons such as mechanical principles and maths for the rest of the college time. This is to work towards achieving my qualifications and to gain a greater skillset, which would be useful within BAE Systems.

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


I have learn new skills in the workshop and has widened my knowledge involving practical work. The courses have taught me lots of useful pieces of information which I would need to use in my job once I have completed my apprenticeship.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I think the work is good as it is manageable yet challenging enough to be interesting. The work met my expectations, and the only thing I don't feel greatly about is some of the college tutors. Some seem to have bad attitudes towards the students for unnecessary reasons at times.

4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?


I feel valued as apprentices are rewarded with apprentice of the month as a way to show appreciation for outstanding work. This gives apprentices a bit more recognition.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The programme is well structured and organised as the time tables are suitable. The only problem is that you don't start looking at computer aided design until the end of the first year. This is also not on the CAD package that would be used in BAE Systems so you need training to do your job a year into the course.

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


We receive some support from our training provider and if more support is needed then we can speak to our college liaison to organise additional support.

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


I receive lots of support from my employer as they are constantly checking for progress in my work and can offer support if I feel like I won't meet deadlines.

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


For my age I'm not responsible for things such as a mortgage etc.. so the salary is good.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


When I'm in the business I could join the BAE football team where they play at the local pitch for fun which is a good way to communicate with other workers.

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


9b. Why? *

It is a great opportunity to have a stable, well-paid job (for life potentially). It can pretty much guaranty job stability and you can be sponsored to get further qualifications, which will be paid for by the company.

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

Try your hardest to be professional with your application making sure there are no silly spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Dress smartly to the interview to show you are professional as opposed to somebody in a tracksuit. This would show that they weren't taking the interview seriously. If you are coming straight out of school it will most likely be your first ever interview and they will take this into account if you are nervous. Just relax and you should be fine if you have done some research on the company to show you know what you're talking about to the interviewers.

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