1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
The apprenticeship supports job rotation, so we get exposure to most parts of the company. However I am currently working on the Crossrail project and this involves generating detabases in Excel and then exporting the databases into a configuration tool and building the config to be run in a PLC.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I will obtain a HNC and HND by the end of the apprenticeship.
I am learning about the systems used by Siemens CIS.
I have also learn how to use programs such as excel.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The apprenticeship scheme is extremely supportive, as we have regular catch up meetings. The company culture is also good as we regularly have team building events (annually).
4. How valued do you feel by Siemens?
I feel valued as I am integrated into the work almost immediately. This gives me job satisfaction as I can see the fruition of my efforts. My manager also shows appreciation by awarding us with champions awards etc when we have accomplished something notable.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very well organized.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I haven't required any support so far from the training provider.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My line manager is very supportive and is always available to contact if support is required. We are allocated a mentor who I have monthly meetings with to ensure everything is ok.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The apprenticeship salary is extremely competitive and also has benefits such as an annual pay rise and bonuses.
Money can be tight when paying for accommodation but I manage.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I play football with colleagues from work.
9a. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
They're a very professional company who value their employees, offering them potential to rise through the ranks of the company. The salary is also very competitive and the working hours are good.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens? *
Learn about the role you're applying for, the specific technologies and future of that sector and what you can bring to the company.
Make sure to be noticed at the assessment day, be open to criticism and supportive of other applicants.
I would have like to be provided with more information when I applied, as I found it hard to obtain information on the business.
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