1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Engineering Technician Apprentice involving design Piping Systems on board the Type 26 Global Combat Ship.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
HND in Engineering Systems and working towards my SVQ Level 3 in Technical Engineer Support
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy my programme as it involves consistently having to improve my interpersonal skills through working in small and large teams. I feel my communication and confidence has grown the most because of this.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
As an apprentice at BAE Systems I feel valued as every team lead and manager I have worked under treats you no different from a full time employee. The only exception is I am given time during the week to complete apprentice tasks such as my Log Book.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is relatively well organised. Sometimes the wait for training could be shorter, however support and studying support is excellent. Task delegation is always good and I know my responsibilities in work.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive a lot of support from my training provider. I have almost daily discussions with my training officer as well as 12 weekly reviews. Both my training officer and placement manager are approachable and I know I can speak to either with any problems or issues I have.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary meets my costs as required.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
The company encourages everyone to get involved with STEM work and also to promote the business to the wider community. It is actively engaged with schools to promote engineering to young people and also hosts family days for employees.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because I am having such a positive experience with the company. I enjoy my work and enjoy working with the people around me.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
To show an interest in engineering and an interest in BAE Systems such as the products we produce. Also show you are prepared to learn and give back to the company, as they will show a lot of support and opportunity back.
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