1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Shift work, this involves maintenance around the airport. Both preventative and corrective maintenance. The apprenticeship gives you an insight to Heathrow as a company and behind the scenes including all the work that is put in to ensure the airport runs smoothly. This can be exciting if you are on call and have to get to a location and fix a fault which the airport may depend on.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Self confidence General engineering experience Job experience I have learnt lots of skills from working at Heathrow. I am a third year apprentice and am very grateful of having the position as I feel a different job wouldn’t have given me the same opportunity and helped me earn the same skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Very enjoyable, excited to go to work and would definitely push anyone I get an apprenticeship. The work is exciting and falls perfectly into the bracket of what I wanted to do. I enjoy the program to much as the job role matches my hobbies and interests so well. I
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very well organised, it all works smoothly and help is always there when required. The shift work can be worked out long into the future. The shift is 4 on and 4 off and wednesdays at college. This means you can work out your shifts long into the future which is very handy.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Any support required is provided. Updates and meetings are held to see our progress. My employer is always available to call if any help is required. There have been times before where I have had to call him outside of his work hours and he is always happy to help to give the apprentices the best opportunity.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
The required support is given. My team mates are happy to help me at all times and guide me in the right direction if I ever need help. The teachers are also happy to help any student if they require help. I would recommend the training provider to anyone looking.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The qualification is very relavent to the course itself and is very helpful in understanding the job better as well as tasks at home and in my personal life. The qualification provider provides a course which is very relatable to the job itself which is very helpful when it comes to undertaking the job.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
I am always happy to help in events that heathrow hold if I am free. This involves things like the secondary schools challenge which is where we helped out in advertising apprenticeships and especially Heathrow’s Apprenticeship scheme. This was good and gave young people in the area and insight into engineering apprenticeships
9a. Would you recommend Heathrow Academy to a friend?
Very good employer, Heathrow pays well. The apprenticeship wage is actually competitive with full times jobs and is higher than the national average. The job works on a scheme where depending on your performance, you will be paid more or less. The entire team is always looking out for you
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Heathrow Academy?
Get a good portfolio written to help with the application, this should include any previous engineering experience which can be personal projects or projects at school or work. This is to sell yourself and show your interests to Heathrow. Also a quick look over maths and general basic knowledge tasks.
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