1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a R&D (research and development) apprentice. I have been doing placements around R&D to find out what i enjoy so i can focus on those areas in the last years of the apprenticeship.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learn how to work in a team and communicate with diffrent people. Have been learning diffrent skills from testing equipment to c# programming
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my program as i have the freedome to choose what areas i work in and what type of engineering i do. e.g. software, hardware, project planning, etc.
4. How valued do you feel by Siemens?
I do feel valued by siemens as they have taken intrest in my learning. i have been invited out on a few events which envolve going around the UK.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
At the start there was a basic structure as they had never had the current department apprentices before but then after a few week they sorted out a plan for me to go round R&D and participate in placements in many of the diffrent teams and find out what type of work i enjoy and would like to specilise in. Then for rest of the apprenticeship i can work in the team i want to doing the type of work i enjoy.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I get more support from the company than the college which is focused on the study part.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I recive support from the company as they are happy to help with my training and offer time off if i need that time to study.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is coping with my cost. not sure what it is compared to the normal standard in this type of apprenticeship. I do get pay rises every year.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
9a. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Its a good company to work for and as they are a big company they can look after their employess and there are lots of diffrent types of job opportunities in lots of diffrent sectors of work. From engineering to finance and customer services.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens? *
Been keen to work and learn and take any of the many opportunities that come your way. e.g. volentering for event as you get to travel to diffrent places in which the company will pay for.
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