1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My current job title is Airframe Project Controller, in FCAS (Future Combat Air Systems). I am working on several projects, and my day to day tasks change everyday, in line with the projects.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I started the scheme after completing my A-levels, and have developed many skills throughout my first placement. Throughout the scheme you are able to enjoy new experiences as your placement changes every year, and develop new skills to enable you to deal with day to day runnings of the business. You are also provided with the opportunity to achieve a higher apprenticeship qualification, a foundation degree in project management and a honours degree in project management.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Everybody is friendly and welcoming and i enjoy working within the team I am currently in. The company meets my expectations and in my opinion, this scheme is certainly one of the best schemes available.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
There are many projects and tasks for you to get involved with, and your work is recognised and valued by the company.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The scheme is very well organised, and is continuously being improved. The placements of a year each allow for enough time to get to know each job role and gain an appropriate level of understanding of particular parts of the company. The scheme is for five years as the first three are to achieve a higher apprenticeship and a foundation degree, whereas the 4th and 5th year are to achieve the honours degree. In my opinion, I would prefer to begin the honours degree when starting the scheme as opposed to the foundation degree, although the current set up is still good.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Support is always provided. There are a variety of people that you meet that you are able to seek help and support from if required.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Once you begin the apprenticeship, you are provided with a line manager, and also a mentor. Your mentor will be there to guide you and provide help throughout the scheme. In line with the placements of 1 year, your line manager changes, but is always there to provide guidance and support whenever required.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The scheme provides a very competitive salary.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are opportunities to get involved with supporting school events, charity events etc.
9. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?
It is an interesting and exciting place to work, with many benefits not only for personal development but also provides a vast amount of opportunities for future career paths.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?
Look into the company before applying to make sure it is the industry that interests you, and take time with your application. However, don't solely apply for just one apprenticeship, a back up plan is always helpful.