1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an electrical and electronic engineering apprentice. I am working in the DF & PD UK sector of Siemens. This provides me with an opportunity to work of automation and control equipment in factories. I spend one day a week learning the theory and implementing this knowledge on the other days of the week. My apprenticeship scheme is varied of which I get to experience CAD, Field service, automation engineering, product management, technical support and many other exciting opportunities. I am currently working on a project of which I have been asked to design and build a PLC rig for training.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have achieved a Level 2 PEO & Am on course to complete a HNC (Of which I have gained 4 distinctions) & HND. I also have the opportunity to attain a degree level apprenticeship in automation and control. I have learnt a wide range of information in the electrical & electronic sector of which I use every day, inside and outside of work.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I had the opportunity to go to university or apply for an apprenticeship. I can honestly say this is the best decision I have made in my life, which Is also echo'd by my family and friends. I am working with an amazing company who are constantly competing for new innovations to build the society of tomorrow. We are constantly given team briefs & company culture communications which is advice from senior management. I am really enjoying the programme and look forward to the years ahead!
4. How valued do you feel by Siemens?
I am appreciated regularly by my line manager of which I am given constant feedback and financial appreciation. In addition to this after I complete a rotational placement I am given feedback from my time within a placement from the perspective of the placement manager. I am always given the opportunity to be involved with upcoming tasks and projects.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I had a two week full induction which was tailored to our scheme. This also involved us visiting a site In the lake district for team building and communication skills. I am constantly supported by my line manager of which I understand I am able to speak to him regarding all matters! We are provided with access to an Employee Assistance Program which allows us to liase with councilors regarding work related and non-work related matters. We are provided with quarterly one-one sessions and monthly group sessions to discuss past, current and future progress. I think our scheme is amongst, if not the best in the country. However the best part about it, It always improving and it keeps getting better!
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I am given some support from the training provider (external) however I do not feel completely supported. This is because we are not given regular reviews or feedback pertaining to our college work. It is difficult to learn in college as I feel the majority is self - taught however if your try your hardest you will have the opportunity to gain higher grades.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I am constantly supported by my line manager of which I understand I am able to speak to him regarding all matters! We are provided with access to an Employee Assistance Program which allows us to liase with councilors regarding work related and non-work related matters. We are provided with quarterly one-one sessions and monthly group sessions to discuss past, current and future progress. I think our scheme is amongst, if not the best in the country. However the best part about it, It always improving and it keeps getting better!
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Extremely well, I am currently saving the majority of my money so that I may be able to invest this in the future. This proves how well we are paid, in addition to this we are remunerated based upon performance yearly and on a 'surprise' basis.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
We are constantly engaging in events, both internal and external. We have many communications regarding 'pub trips' and engagement activities. We are provided with two days annual leave a year to volunteer for CSR activities. We are also provided with many incentives for local gyms and leisure clubs.
9a. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I know this is a great opportunity to learn with a vast international company. The funding they are willing to invest in an individual is phenomenal! The company initiatives, financial remuneration and motivation techniques are fantastic! This is definitely something I would recommend to anybody. My father actually asked if there were any jobs going!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens? *
Be confident, allow your knowledge to shine. They are looking for characteristics within the person and not looking to catch anybody out. The assessment days are an opportunity to understand how you will work as a team, ensuring you communicate effectively with your peers. Finally the interview questions may surround the company so I'd advise that a lot of company knowledge will be helpful!
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