apprentice sheet metal worker at BAE Systems

Start Date:
barrow in furness
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£15,000 annually
Review Date:
February 2017

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


my role in an apprentice sheet metal worker I am given daily metal working tasks each day from making lockers to making ventilation. I receive work from my team leader and deliver the finished product to the best of my ability on a daily basis

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have received IT qualifications, ERR, PLTS, level 2 NVQ internally and been on various security and healthy and safety courses. I have learnt from fellow journey men sheet metal working skills.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I would say I enjoy my programme 50/50 per cent of the time. the team I work in with certain individuals can be hard to work with some time the company doesn't seem to really be organised with placements and also I think its really unprofessional how they let apprentices start 4 on 4 off then take them off.

4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?


I myself don't really feel valued by bae systems. if good work is produced my team leader might say well done sometimes but there is no extra recognition which could be awarded with money, vouchers etc. for doing an extra effort job. the fact they also took 1 and 2 year apprentices off shift also makes you unvalued and the fact they took us off it to save money is unfair and put tradesmen on it instead as we don't have the same work output is bad to say as apprentices do work very hard.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


the organisation of the programme is not done very well very much a laid back setup if you ever want any information from your training co-ordinator he never knows or doesn't really seem to be bothered about finding out.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


see him very often, will help you to an certain extent. to be honest seems like everyone just cares for themselves and you get on with your own thing.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


no support towards at all don't hear anything from HR, manager is friendly and will help you in anything you may need. general support towards helping you seems very vague.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


I think the salary I am for a 20 year old apprentice in my second year is rubbish. I have 1000 pound to myself each money and now the shifts have took off I don't have hardly any money to save for future house etc. the pay scale is rubbish. when we were allowed to 4 on 4off shifts the pay was fine and helped out loads. I travel 50 mile trip from millom to get to work and back which will take up 100 pounds worth of money in fuel each month. it leaves you very little money to live off and afford social things like holidays etc.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


no company events that I want to take part in. I go the gym outside of work 5-6 times a week. before I was working I was in school. I live 24 miles away in a small local town which doesn't have much.

9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

it is an okay job for a living standard just to get you by. without the shift pay I believe the pay is poor for a tradesmen an apprentice.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *

be yourself and general truth. don't lie to them, make sure you ask them what future prospects there is. chance of overtime and shift pay

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