1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My current role is a project co-ordinator delivering training to a foreign customer. My role is in-charge of managing risk to the project along with schedule maintenance and budget management. My Role also allows me to take part in customer facing meetings in-country.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Working in a customer facing role can be difficult, however its been rewarding to learn how to interact with a completely different culture, both business wise and from a religious aspect.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy my programme, it allows me to pursue a degree level of education whilst also providing me with a minimum of 5 years work experience in a respected company within the aerospace and defence industry
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
The Company treats us as employees rather than apprentices. We're given all the benefits of full time employees and still supported whilst pursuing our degree.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is based around a 5 year structure with each year carrying a progressively more responsible role within the company. This is also represented in the education cycle as we progress from level 4 to level 5
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The training provider at Lancaster university claims to be available 24/7 for any support required from the tutors. We have access to both the Blackpool and Fylde university campus and the Lancaster Campus to take advantage of.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The employer pays for our education on the programme all course fees and supporting material are covered. this also extends to any external or internal courses we may wish to take, or visits to external sites such as customer air bases.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Our salary is competitive and well above other available apprenticeships as far as I am aware. it's also competency & performance based so our salary rises along with our skills as long as we choose to continue to develop and improve
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Opportunities outside of work are actively encouraged by the company. I personally volunteer with the local RLSS branch as well as teaching swimming at the weekend. Other opportunities include charity events such as monte carlo or bust. Reservist membership is also supported for all branches of the forces.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
BAE Systems is a supportive company that not only encourages career development but personal & academic development also. Working for BAE Systems isn't a job it's a career and you can expect a long and enjoyable one with plenty of opportunities as long as you give it your all.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Make sure you study the application process and speak to as many people as possible regarding the application process and what the company is looking for, its encouraged as it shows an active interest the apprenticeship. It also doesn't hurt to learn about the products and services we offer focusing on the things that interest you personally.
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