1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
In Year 3 of 5 of the Project Control Foundation Scheme (PCFS) at BAE Systems as a Project Controller for some projects involving mine hunting ships (some worth over £1M). I help keep the people leading the project informed as possible to help make the right decisions. Will be in another department next year too!
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Alongside the Higher Apprenticeship, I'm learning Project Management skills, both academic and vocational, and getting qualified in the process. Lots of interactions with both senior and junior people have helped grow my confidence in the business.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The variety at work is what keeps me enjoying it. Although based from one site (helps with life outside of work!), at least two days per month I get involved in something new, occasionally somewhere else in the country, that will stretch my understanding. The scheme provides ample opportunities to develop yourself.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
Very. I've even received awards from BAE Systems and also from the Association for Project Management for achievements. It certainly helps to see the worth in putting loyalty into the Company.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The Higher Apprenticeship at my site is relatively new but is well structured; and the Company persistently endeavour to keep multiple feedback routes open to drive improvements to fruition. There is plenty of support available as you'd expect form a large company. The only hindrance to this is not always seeing the same levels of organisation from training providers.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
There are several routes available for students to use: tutors, programme leaders, assessors etc.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Plenty - only depends on where you'd like it: from your scheme manager / the manager of the placement your working at the time / HR for more personal things / professional mentor for work stuff. There are points of contact for each, all there if you need it.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Salary + the training that the Company pay for = a great package. Live and work local within cycling range, so can save 10% each month - some of which go into BOGOF shares in the Company. There's potential by the end of scheme to be a home owner if you're smart with your money.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, loads. Conferences, forums, STEM events, BAE Education Ambassador activities, Apprenticeship publicity/recruitment events and Company sports teams are available in droves.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Once you're working for BAE Systems, there's enough variety to stay long term with them, with a wealth of benefits.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Brush up on knowledge of the Business Unit into which you're applying and give it a shot!
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