1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Project Engineer Undertaking customer queries which may end with the embodiment of a modification to the aircraft, or the provision of a technical response. Communicating with internal LH departments and customer to ensure efficient communication between the 2 parties,and subsequently ensuring the customer are happy with the outcome.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
NVQ, PEO, BTEC & HNC qualifications. Furthermore, my knowledge of aircraft systems and principles has grown substantially along with my communication skills, as a major part of my role is to communicate with different people, within different roles and different organisations on a daily basis.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the work load, as i find it challenging and fast paced in addition to every project being different. Furthermore, i envisage this current role has the opportunity for progression and further development outside of my apprenticeship. The team, and the people i work with also make the job easier, by promoting a light-hearted attitude when needed, but also have the ability to become professional in the required situations. All in all, the role has far exceeded what i imagined any job in LH would be like, allowing me more exposure to the aircraft, more responsibility in the tasks i undertake and allowing me to push myself as much as i can.
4. How valued do you feel by Leonardo?
I do feel valued by the business, personally, i am aware that the business has put a lot of resources into me and my development. I would like to highlight however, that in my opinion the pay scales between the apprenticeships are slightly unfair. Technical apprentices require higher qualifications to enter the scheme, leave with higher qualifications and yet are capped at the same pay scale as craft apprentices. Yet on the other hand, when comparing Higher apprentices to tech apprentices, where the same qualification bias is seen, they are on a higher wage... Not a grumble, more of observation.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The structure is well organised, and having the training department available is invaluable for my personal development and the apprenticeship in general.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I am constantly in communication with my training manager, and support is always available as and when i need it.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
In many instances, the company has supported me through my apprenticeship in times of personal and professional issues.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The wage, i believe is good for the area, but in comparison to the aerospace industry is slightly lower than average. In order to retain a higher number of apprentices and graduates.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I have been involved in many external events, which have been enjoyable to attend and represent the company. This once again shows the level of responsibility we are given.
9. Would you recommend Leonardo to a friend?
Great opportunities, great support and a enjoyable environment when the hard work and effort is put in.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Leonardo?
Keep your head down, ask for help if and when you need it - don't be afraid to talk about issues you may have.
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