1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Currently I work on a large rail project (London Underground, CROSSRAIL). Day-to-day I help to produce training documents that will go to the commissioners to guide them with the installation of the SCADA systems.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have certainly developed further, my communications and professional skills. In terms of engineering, i have a learnt a lot about SCADA systems and document control.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my apprenticeship greatly; it is very enjoyable and educational. The freedom that comes with doing an apprenticeship is refreshing, being in a professional environment develops me as a person.
4. How valued do you feel by Siemens?
I feel that I very much a part of the global company. The priority Siemens has for it's employees is very prominent in the Zero-Harm scheme and the opportunities we are pushed to take.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My apprenticeship is very well organised; i have been provided with a lot of structured documents and guidance to ensure that i can complete the program to its full extent.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The support i receive is mainly in the organisation of the course. Having it laid out, with the criteria defined really helps. Equally, I have even more support available if i feel the need to ask for it.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Not too much, but that is because i haven't needed it thus far. But with issues at my college and other external things, my employer is happy to go out to meet the relevant people and try to resolve them.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary, i believe, is quite generous and allows me to live comfortably and meets my overheads but still allowing for some savings to be made. I am able to save around 15% of my salary.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a lot of opportunities that are consistently advertised and recommended by my employer. With volunteering opportunities at all types of venues.
9a. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because they are a very powerful and globally heard name, the opportunity to work for a company with such a stature should never be missed. Not only that, the courses they put you on and life experience received is invaluable.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens? *
Be confident, have confidence in what you are saying/doing will really help make an impression with the people around you. If people remember your name, they will recommend it to others.
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