1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is a commissioning engineer apprentice and will involve testing work to make sure that it is of a certain quality. Right now my daily tasks is to attend college and either perform tasks in a workshop to create assignment pieces that will show I have the necessary skills to check other people's work, completing PEOs and write ups, or attending lessons such as mechanical principles or ERR.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
The qualifications I will gain will be an NVQ in performing engineering operations. I have learnt how to perform tasks relating to producing pipework systems, electrical systems, or mechanical pieces of work.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme as all the tutors are dependable and helpful, the lessons are relevant to what I need to know and the people I work with, including the people above me, are all enjoyable to work with.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
Apprentice of the month is a thing that can be obtained which shows that they are dedicated to recognising when an apprentice is putting in effort and the 12 weekly reviews makes me feel like BAE are dedicated to making sure that I am on target to being able to go in the yard.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
There was a 2 week induction and many meetings to make sure we know what is going on and the programme is structured in a way that we know what needs to be done and when it needs to be completed by.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
All training providers are dedicated to checking we are on target and progressing towards our goals and are willing to help us when we need it.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There is a BAE college liaison that we can go to with any problems and regularly checks up on us, and he is able to voice any relevant concerns to the HR team. BAE have shown that there is an outlet of communication and that they pay attention to when there is a possible problem.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Very well as during college it is definitely adequate, the location is convenient so it isn't difficult to get to college and the salary goes up as we progress so that it continues to be adequate.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
The college offers other opportunities such as sport that the apprentices are able to do and BAE have mention extra apprentice opportunities and that it looks good to BAE to do them.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
There are good job opportunities, they are dedicated to making sure you are progressing well and if you need help with anything they pay attention.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Make sure to do research on BAE projects before the interview, when doing the apprenticeship it is important to complete your work as soon as possible as being lazy can put you in a situation where you need to catch up.
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