1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role within the company, is as a manufacturing engineer. This means that I am required to liase with customers around the airport and manufacture products to their needs and requirements. I am also qualified electrically as well so I am able to go out and do fault finding and rectification if necessary.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I'm constantly learning new skills at my job. That's what I love about the job that I do is that there is never a day where I haven't learned a new skill. Since beginning the apprenticeship and during my time as an employee, I have learned sheet metal fabrication, machining, welding and various other manufacturing processes.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really love the programme that I just took part in. I've ended up in a job for which I have a real passion for. I like what I do so much that I'm actively looking for ways to encourage the future generations to take part in apprenticeships.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is extremely well organised at my company. This is probably due to the fact that this apprenticeship scheme has been running for 41 years at least. Through that time they have had many apprentices come through and, have stayed for the course of their careers, as it is such a good place to work.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer is always providing support for me and my colleagues, not to mention the apprentices that we have studying here also. Whether that be materials we need for learning, to further training for on the job work to the decent wage you get paid also make it all a good employer.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
The training provider was fantastic at offering support when we were working towards our qualifications. They were always there if we needed questions answered, additional help with learning, andalso any materials we may need to be able to get through the portfolios with ease. They have been great and would recommend them to anyone.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I feel that the qualifications that were learned through the college and the training provider have really set me up for a good future for continuing to learn within my role and also to be able to perform my role safely and with relative ease. The qualifications are second to none.
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.)
There are many events that take part here at the airport. They are always organising charity events, like the midnight marathon along the runway to community projects, working with schools to get the kids interested in STEM subjects also, Aside from that my company offers great facilities also like a gym.
9a. Would you recommend Heathrow Academy to a friend?
Heathrow Academy, is a really great place to get all the support and guidance needed for the future that you will have at the company. Because they feel that a good investment in the employees at the airport means a good investment for the company and to help make every passengers journey better.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Heathrow Academy?
I would say to any newcomers to the academy is to embrace everything that the providers offer you, as it is invaluable. I would say that you must always ask questions always seek new information. This will help you go far. There is no such thing as a stupid question.
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