1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Job Title : Apprentice Machinist Daily Tasks: Setting up machines, Modifying engine components using machines, Manual milling, turning, surface grinding, CNC Milling. Daily Interactions: Interact with Build & Test to modify components.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Qualifications: Functional Skills level 2 IT, NVQ Level 3, HNC General Engineering Internal Training courses: Abrasive Wheel Training, Health & safety, GD&T Training, Manual Handling Training. Skills I have learnt: Manual Machining, milling, turning, surface grinding, programming CNC.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy work on a daily basis, I enjoy coming to work and seeing what tasks I have to do as every day is different. I work within development department so all of my work is one-off's and modifications no production work so every job is unique.
4. How valued do you feel by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains?
As an apprentice I believe we are very well looked after. We have lots of members of staff we can talk to raise any issues and we get lots of company benefits. We get lets of internal recognition from directors and managers who help us succeed.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Our programme for manufacturing is pretty well structured. We have internally decided that some changes may be better but they're not too bad. Overall the whole programme is organised.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
SEMTA do a very good job of keeping track of our NVQ progress. We have regular meetings with our assessor and he keeps up on the lines of where we need to be setting us regular targets between meetings.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I think overall we have a lot of support from the company. The HR team work quickly to solve any problems we come across with our apprenticeship.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Personally I find living costs can be a bit of a struggle sometimes, especially in the earlier days of apprenticeship when the salary was lower. I had to move down here for the job and living on your own on an apprenticeship wage isn't ideal. There are months where I run out of money but I can't complain. Sacrifices have to be made for the long run. We also get a very nice bonus
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are occasional family days run by Mercedes locally. Unfortunately as I live away from home I go back home nearly every weekend so I'm not normally in the area when they're on.
9a. Would you recommend Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
A very good company to work for, successful Formula One team will look amazing on CV. Lots of valuable skills to be learnt in such a unique environment. Well looked after as an employee.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains? *
be confident. be yourself. Have an actual interest in Engineering and engines in general. You don't need to know everything but knowing how an engine works defiantly helps.
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