1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Job tile is Apprentice Assembly Technician, in my time in the company I have worked in the electrical departments, manual fabrication and mechanical race build. day to day I am working with another technician to build dyno, race and track components and am reasonable for building and testing some components. I have been responsible for maintenance on some of the machines and with reporting and dealing with problems to the management.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
in my time I have completed 3 level 2 qualifications and I am completing the level 3 apprenticeship and a level 4 HNC in mechanical. I have completed may different internal training courses including CAD and drawing interpretation to safety courses for dealing with high voltage and radiation. The time spend in the company has also helped me with confidence and mechanical knowledge for working on personal projects that I did not have before.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have enjoyed my program during my time at HPP, I fell that the team work within the departments and the friendships with the people whom I have worked has made the time in the company very enjoyable. the thing that I have most enjoyed is working directly on the race parts as the reason that I chose this path was that I am a huge fan of Formula 1.
4. How valued do you feel by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains?
From my direct managers in every area I have been in I have felt valued, this also extend to the team members who I have work with who have made me feel a valued part of the team. the only down side is that recognition and appreciation from other departments can be lacking however within each department I have felt valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
the structure of the course is fairly good, have been some down points however these were caused by the assessor changing ad the internal HR manager for the apprenticeship changing half way through the course. however now that thing have settled down the actual structure is fairly good.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
our training provider is SEMPTA who are very good at coming in to have meeting with each apprentice individually roughly once per month. this help push us to meet deadlines but also in helping proof read and check put work.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
internally there is a lot of support provided by managers and other technicians should you ask for it. there is also support offered by the ex-apprentices who can offer guidance on both the NVQ work but also career progression. however with regards to career progression and any issues that you may have with the college who provided the HNC the HR department have been very lacking leaving the apprentices to sort the problems themselves.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
at the start of the apprenticeship the salary is tight but it is possible to share a flat or a house with one or two other apprentices. the salary rises every 6 months and thus by the third year the salary can meet your costs, however renting a flat or house by yourself is still not really possible in the local are.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
the companies has several local events through the year including Christmas parties a summer BBQ and around half the F1 races shown with free food provided for them. The location is also very good for watching and participating in motorsport or car events with 3 local car meets, and 3 race tracks within an hours drive.
9. Would you recommend Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains to a friend?
this is a company that first you need to be passionate about the sport and the industry. if you are looking for a 9 - 5 job this is not that. however if you love F1 and Motorsport this is a perfect place to work.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains?
think carefully about your application, research the company and the companies history, for example where does the name come from, what is the history ect. for the interview practice some basic level 3 mechanics and math including pressure/flow and remember to relax, if you are tense then it will be much harder to show how good you are.
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