1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am completing an apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering. For 4 days a week I operate CNC machinery, the other day I am at college completing my HNC. I am also completing an NVQ while on site.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes I have learnt many new skills, some personal to me and others to my job. The training offered has been very good. When I have completed my 4 years I will be fully qualified with a HNC.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy working with the people here, they are all very friendly and offer lots of support if im ever stuck or need guidance. I also enjoy the activities I do and I am always learning.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
I believe the apprenticeship programme is very good as you get a hands on experience and they offer you support whenever you need it. They are regularly checking your progress and offering to help.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is well structured as I am rotated around sections regularly meaning I am learning how to set run and load various machines and operating systems. My college supervisor regularly visits the site to check up on my progress.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Lots, he is regularly on site checking mine and the other apprentices progress. He offers support all the time and I know he is only a phone call or email away.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Again, lots. They provide PPE equipment and allow me some time to complete the course work if needs be. If I have any problems I can contact them with ease.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is okay, I think it would be better if we received more, but I am currently doing fine.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, there are plenty of various activities that I have completed or put my name forward for.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I think the apprenticeship offers a good way in to a job, you pick up valuable skills while also getting a very good qualification and earning a good living too.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Make sure you have everything together before you go for your interview. Prepare yourself well and practice.
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