1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As part of my Hawk role I build and maintain detailed floor plans and project management baseline plans for the CAM areas in line with project guidelines (3.1). I provide CAM support for reviews as required. Every 2 weeks I have a weekly cycle checking update review for Hawk with a team of people. In these meetings we discuss issues found and raised from the previous week about overspend/underspend on hours and where we are in line with the schedule. For example, last week (week 51) it was recognised that there were only a small amount hours performed in the whole week for cycle checking. I then had to investigate why this was the case with the engineers. The reason for the lack of hours performed (week 51) was due to the engineers being tasked to take on extra work that was required on a different contract. These issues are the type of queries that are brought up in these regular meetings.
This is just one example of my daily roles and responsibilities.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I've learnt so many new skills since starting. I have learn many new acramins since starting, how to profile contracts and i have learnt about what all the different earned value types for different res of work packages mean. I'm also learning a lot studying project management at college.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I'm enjoying it a lot, its hard working being at university and working at the same time but getting paid a good salary and getting many bonuses at BAE makes it worth it.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
I feel very valued by BAE as the roles we are given are roles which a professional employee would do. I am frequently in contact with hundreds of different employees from all areas of the business which is really interesting.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
We are currently in contact with the line managers we are given in our placements. We have frequent meetings with our apprentice leaders and university tutors.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We have regular meetings to catch up on how we're doing in our roles and get the opportunity to say things e'd change about our placement we're in.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I am in frequent contact with my line manager and apprentice managers and so I currently get lots of support from them with regards to any issues I may be having.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is fantastic, I couldn't ask it to be better. BAE fun me through university and pay for me to work at BAE also.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are opportunities such as the out of bound we get to go on to help bring the year group together and there are schemes like the STEM ambassador scheme you can sign up to.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I came from college straight to working and I haven't regretted it as of yet because I am working on the job, gaining valuable experience whilst getting paid and being funded through university and so still going through higher education.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Try and relate everything you have done e.g. extra curricular things that you have done so far to project managment in your application. It's going to be hard work when you arrive but the hard work pays off.
More from BAE SystemsMore Reviews Company Profile
Get personalised jobs straight to your inbox
Save time job hunting - get tailored job opportunities sent straight to you!