1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I currently Test, Inspect, and Repair lifting equipment. This includes disassembling chainblocks (for inspection), if any components are damaged or worn we will change them and re-assemble the chainblock. Finally we will carry out a Light Load Test to ensure it is working correctly and update the Inspection date on it.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed my observation and mechanical skills. I now know what to look for when inspecting a piece of lifting equipment and how to repair it if needed.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I am really enjoying my apprenticeship so far, I have learnt a lot of new skills and developed confidence in my work. I hope to carry on learning to achieve a status of a company 'Competent Person'. My apprenticeship has helped me meet lots of new people who I stay in contact with out of work.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
I feel like a valued member of the team, my Team Leader has noticed and praised my work numerous times, this helps in keeping motivated day to day. As an apprentice I am trusted to carry out tasks myself under supervision.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Our programme seemed well organized, we were given the correct training in college which helped us prepare for the workplace. College tutors were always there to offer help if you didn't understand something.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My apprentice coordinator helps me keep track with what I need to do to complete the course. I have completed various write-ups and carried out a few observations which were marked by my coordinator. They always seem happy to help if you need anything.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Support from various different people is there if needed. There is always someone to go to depending on what problems you may have.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary is very good for someone my age, I can enjoy the things I want to without having to worry too much about money.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
A few companies around the area offer discounts for BAE employees, this includes a few gyms. BAE Systems also offer a 'Cycle to Work' scheme which gives you a discount of brand new bikes.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
BAE Systems train you up to a high standard and there are many opportunities to progress up within the business if you want to.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
If you aren't successful the first time you apply don't give up. Make sure you know what job you want to do and what the job involves before applying as there are so many.
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