1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work in BT Television where I help provide various content for testing our networks and systems. This involves upgrading and looking after the delivery network and providing assistance to testers and designers in developing new ways to enhance our TV experience.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a lot of skills over the past 7 months since starting my degree. I have developed coding skills, network knowledge, and an abundance of computer skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I absolutely love working at BT and the programme is amazing. Every morning I wake up and genuinely look forward to starting work and getting the most out of the day. The effort BT puts into looking after us makes me want to show them how much I value my position there and want to do the best work I can.
4. How valued do you feel by BT?
I feel incredibly valued and really looked after by everyone at BT. An apprentice is not there to make tea, they are there to learn about their roles and treated like any other employee.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Incredibly well. We are looked after and encouraged to talk to our managers as well as a dedicated apprentice team with anything we may be having issues with. I have yet to encounter a problem with my course.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
A lot. We have a dedicated apprentice team, as well as an assigned apprentice coach. My line manager also developed the course so we can always rely on him for help. The university is also a source of bountiful Knowledge, and they are in constant contact about how we can progress whilst outside of the university environment.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
A lot. A lot. We have a dedicated apprentice team, as well as an assigned apprentice coach. My line manager also developed the course so we can always rely on him for help.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is modest in the first year, but as we progress through our apprenticeship, we are paid a generous wage. Travel is not a problem as I live only down the road and there is ample parking.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
we are always contacted about opportunities to learn outside of work. We are given dedicated days to do charity work, there is a gym which is discounted for employees, and there is a lot of social activities to attend.
9. Would you recommend BT to a friend?
Because they value their apprentices and pay a decent wage. You are also given a lot of responsibilities which mean you are really learning and developing experience throughout your time with BT. You are also guaranteed a job at the end.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BT?
Show your willingness to learn. Be talkative and show why you should be chosen. It is actually harder to get an apprenticeship at BT than it is to get into Oxford or Cambridge. They want to know that you want to be there and want to learn. Show that you are an interesting person and mention experiences where you have shown your curiosity and willingness to learn.