1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am learning how to maintain a fleet of 21 trains so that they can make safe and reliable service
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned many engineering skills as well as developing communication, presentation and timekeeping
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my apprenticeship as I am getting paid to learn an interesting job. Every day is different
4. How valued do you feel by Siemens?
As an individual I feel very valued by Siemens however the location I work at does not get many visits from higher management to see how we are all getting on. (Only via email)
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme is fairly organised. I have a meeting with my entry level talent manager every three months. I do have one day a week where I have a dedicated study day but I rarely use it as I am needed on the shop floor due to the amount of work.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My college I attend is pretty poor. I am studying a level 4 which is difficult however if I asked for help they pretty much turn a blind eye and tell me to ask another student. I have been to two colleges and both have been the same. No fault of my employer though.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Whenever I need assistance with anything I contact my entry level talent manager or line manager and 9 times out of 10 I get a quick response. Any support I need I also mention in my progress review meetings.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary I am currently earning covers all essential costs such as travel, food & drink etc. I do not own a house yet so I do not pay any bills or have a mortgage.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I attend a few volunteering events offered by the company each year as part of my apprenticeship. When not at work I go out with my mates as often as I can and do jogging to stay fit and healthy.
9a. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Siemens is a huge company and is expanding. Therefore there are many opportunities to network with new people and move to higher level job roles. They treat staff well and always offer support to anyone who needs it (inside or outside of work).
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens? *
Definitely consider it as it is a huge company with lots to offer including free college courses such as HNCs. It also pays well. If offered an with Siemens, research the company before hand so you definitely know that the job is what you want to do. I would have liked to have been given everything I need on my first day including tools, training dates etc.
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