1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work in the Export Licensing Management Team. On a daily basis my job involves processing document for export. This involves checking that they have the appropriate markings laid out by Defence Security. Once satisfied I send the document for further review and then process their approval to release or rejection.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Since starting on the scheme I have taken several internal training courses and also some external courses. I have learnt about the different types of licence required when exporting and this is a skill I will use in my future placements.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The job that I do is enjoyable as the tasks vary on a daily basis. Whilst on paper it may appear simple, when put into practice it can be complicated.
The main reason that I enjoy my role is because of the atmosphere, my team have been welcoming and always include me in meetings and training sessions which is beneficial to my career development.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
My immediate team appreciate my efforts and take care to recognise my work. Even in the wider business, internal customers will thank me for helping and advising them. My team always involve me in new projects and update me on what they are doing.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is very well structured, we attend college once a week and the programme leaders ensure that we have enough time to complete our college work. The Project Management function communicate any opportunities for training and then my manager often forwards any further information to me.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Support is provided from the college staff, my line manager, my team and the scheme leaders. We are reminded who we can contact if we have any problems and my line manager regularly communicates with me to highlight and resolve any problems which I may have encountered.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There are helplines available to discuss personal problems. My manager, mentor and the scheme leader are all on hand to provide support and to resolve any issues immediately.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary allows me to invest in several different savings accounts as well as paying board at home. It allows me to be financially independent.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Events are often advertised and held at the local working club which is next door to the Site. Events are communicated across the company.
My team often organise events outside of the workplace, often we go out for a team lunch.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
BAE Systems provides many opportunities to develop your skill set in your chosen area. There are always opportunities available for training. The apprentices form a great bond which is reinforced by the day spent together at college and team bonding sessions ran by the scheme.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
It is a fantastic opportunity and therefore attracts a large number of applicants. It is essential to do lots of research to ensure that this is the right career path and that you will remain committed to the company. When attending the assessment day it is essential to be yourself as all of the staff will make you feel at ease.
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