1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role is a project controller. In my role, I often work day-to-day on tasks on excel and the companies workspace site. I deal with various people in other functions, such as commercial and procurement, to sign of directives, certificates of approval and invoices. I work in a small contract team that has 6 members, including myself. However, the team deals with many other direct teams every day.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I feel I have learnt many new skills whilst working at BAE Systems. I have become more competent on excel as I had never used it much before starting with the company. I have done basic training on how to respect others in the work place and feel this has benefited me when dealing with my colleagues. I have also received in depth training on the companies systems and procedures as it is very different from any other place I have worked.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy going to college once a week and learning new skills about the PM function. I also enjoy this day as it enables me to socialise with my peers and friends, something I think is necessary to build up these relationships as these with be our colleagues for years to come. My role itself has improved massively.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
I value BAE Systems a lot as a company. Even though I have only worked here since September, I really see myself progressing through the business and staying here for a long time. I feel this is because BAE Systems values its employees so much, it is hard not to value the company back.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I feel my programme is very well organised. We go to college one day a week and the rest of the time we're in a placement. The placement changes every year which I feel gives us a wide view of the business and the ability to learn new skills. The training at the start of the programme is well organised too, offering us a different training topic everyday.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The support I receive from my training provider is very good. The scheme leaders are always there to help out if you need extra training, extra help inside work or even if you need someone to speak to about personal issues. As well as this, my line manager is very helpful as supporting me through my learning whilst on the job.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
As my employer and my training provider are the basically the same thing, the support I receive is at the same level. As well as this, BAE Systems provide extensive support to all employees in the way of occupational health, days off for special leave, etc. I feel all this helps me to feel I have a better work life due to knowing the support is there if needed.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary package exceeds my costs. As I live at home, my outgoings a month are small and therefore my wage more than covers it. I try to keep my social costs to a minimum as I want to start saving up for my future so I can buy a house when I'm ready.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
As BAE Systems is a world wide company, there are many opportunities to get involved with activities outside of work. The company goes to lots of events that I could get involved in if I pushed myself to do so. I have also volunteered to help become a STEM Ambassador to go into schools and colleges and promote BAE Systems. This is something I would not have been able to do if I didn't work here.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I love my job at BAE systems. The role I am in pays well and gives me a degree at the end of my studying. Also, as BAE Systems is such a large company, it offers so many opportunities to its employees. Whether this be promotions, working abroad on secondment or even just the opportunity to travel every now and then with work. I truly think it is one of the best companies to work for.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems? *
Do you research and know the company before you apply. Also know about project management and why you want to work in it as this is a big thing for BAE Systems. I would also suggest if people are coming for a degree scheme or apprenticeship, the practice on line aptitude tests before hand as these will be tested at then assessment days.
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