1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My final role which I am currently in is a Manufacturing Planner, on the FASGW project which is currently in development, meaning this is a very fast-paced and varied project. Daily tasks involve: Ordering parts against the bill of materials, chasing in the parts through the supplier, raising kits and tracking these through the shop floor, then shipping the final goods.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Will gain a degree in Business & Management, gained an NVQ Level 3 working towards level 4. Experience in several training courses including: known consigner training, manual handling, health and safety, project management etc. Also learnt many on the job skills and development my existing skills e.g presentation skills - week course in wales. Life skills - further weeks course in wales.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The team I work with are very helpful and supportive and I really fell a member of the team. I have noticed since it was confirmed this was my final position I have been treated more as a team member and gained more responsibility than I would have done if I was only on the placement for 6 months. Some placements I have felt significantly like an apprentice and given smaller tasks rather than learning the job. But this is a really great organisation to work for and they do a lot for the apprentices and really make you feel welcome.
4. How valued do you feel by MBDA?
As said previously, apprentices are since in a really good light and well thought of within MBDA and seen as the future of the business. But in some cases you can feel like you are not given as much responsibly as you could take on, as that is the way I learn rather than shadowing, but this has developed throughout my apprenticeship with the more experience I have gained
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very well. A lot of training is given to apprentices. And they fully support you through university. I think the only thing that may need work is how departments cope with apprentices. There is no structure within a placement but there is a structure of the overall apprenticeship in terms of what placements you do, how long they are etc.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We have a training provider for our NVQ's they are very supportive and helped me to achieve my level 3
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My support from my line manager in my current placement is very supportive and awards praise when I show improvement within my role. My apprentice manager has also been very helpful and I have had all the support I need throughout my apprenticeship.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Salary is very good for an apprenticeship, compared to a lot of apprenticeship out there. Since starting this apprenticeship I have bought my own house and don't believe I would have been able to do that without being offered this opportunity of an apprenticeship at MBDA
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Apprentices are offered many experiences, I personally have been on many careers events, presented in schools, been to the houses of parliament all to promote apprenticeships.
9. Would you recommend MBDA to a friend?
I already have! This has been the best career choice I could have made, looking at my friends who have now finished university and struggling to find a job and I now have my own house and will be getting degree myself this time next year. Will never look back from taking this opportunity.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to MBDA?
Since being involved with the recruitment process myself, I have many tips for other applicants. My boyfriends brother is now applying for this year due to my recommendations and have given him advice on doing as much preparation even before the application stage, such as doing things in your spare time which you can add to bulk out the application and make you stand out from the others.