1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role is as a security analyst, this involves investigating potential vulnerabilities and working as part of a wider team to ensure the security of information systems.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a massive amount of new skills and developed existing ones through a number of methods such as training courses and helpful team members, as well as learning as I complete the work.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I find the whole program extremely enjoyable, everyone that I work with is extremely friendly and attending uni is always very fun, although it is hard.
4. How valued do you feel by BT?
I feel that my manager and team really appreciate what I have been able to help the team with and they always try to help me to develop my skills and enhance my ability to complete work within the team.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The program has been very organised from the beginning, it started with an induction week where you could meet up with people in the same situation as you from all over the country. It is also very organised with regards to the time allocated to training, I know how much time I should have available for training and university work each week and can use as much of this as required. The only area where the apprenticeship is not as organised is with the NVQ work that we complete, as the government is currently changing things on the NVQ, it has left some confusion.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
With any work completed at university, the lecturers and tutors are all very helpful and will assist you wherever possible. This is especially helpful if you are struggling on a particular subject.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
When I am working, I feel that my apprenticeship coach is always there if I need her. It is also very easy to raise a case with HR should any assistance be required.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is extremely reasonable for an apprenticeship and covers living costs comfortably, in addition to this there will be a pay rise after the 1st year to ensure it meets the living costs of everyone.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a number of events that you can get involved in outside of work, lots of teams have team activities nearby doing a wide range of things. There are also plenty of facilities such as sports clubs around the area.
9. Would you recommend BT to a friend?
I feel that it is a great company and since I have been here, there has been no hostility from anyone and everyone tries to help you to develop your skills.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BT?
During the application process, make sure that you have done your research before reaching face to face interviews. This is essential as turning up with a lack of knowledge of the company is a guaranteed way to not get the job. It is also important to try and show off any skills relevant to the role you are applying for.