1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
on a day to day basis I have to go aboard the ship and complete jobs shadowing a mechanical fitter, I could be changing valves, running about the dockyard for materials or fixing engines. my role is to assist the fitters and help when needed, book work is also a part of my apprenticeship
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
i have learnt some key skills while being working on my tools, these skills would include social skills, it has helped me become more confident in my speaking and not doubting myself as much, i talk to a lot of new people each week which helps self improvement and my speaking skills
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
sometimes I really enjoy my apprenticeship because there is lots of work to do and i am kept busy, however often there are times in my job that I don't have much to do so cannot keep learning, during these times I tend to complete key bookwork that will go towards my nvq
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
the structure in my first year of my apprenticeship was confusing, I never knew what I would be doing from day to day, this hasn't really changed since being out in the yard as sometimes I can be really busy and other times I will have nothing to do
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive quite a bit of support from my employer, this could include having my time to do the bookwork that is required to complete my apprenticeship, I receive support when need help while completing a job, I look for senior fitters when it comes to assisting me on the job
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
the assessor that I work under is very helpful and on the ball when it comes to completing my work, he lets me know deadlines and alterations that are needed to complete the work, he has helped, me understand what I need to do to complete some of the harder work
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
during the college process we learnt basic hand skills that I assumed would be useful for my apprenticeship, however I didn't find it was relevant as they didn't teach you specific jobs that are needed while working on the ships, some more relevant jobs would have been better so we could prepare for being in the business
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 no extra curricular sports that are rolled into my job however there is a Christmas party once a year, other than this there are no social events that are on the social calendar, I would like to see more sporting events to do as this could help with team building
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?
its a good company to work for that every engineering company knows of, the dockyard apprenticeship is a sought after item on a cv, there are lots of benefits such as pensions and share schemes that are good for my future, the pay is good to for the year I am in
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?
I would only advise that they apply and hope they are accepted, I have told lots of my friends about the apprenteship and have recommended it to them , some of which have taken my word and applied and some even got it, I would like to see any of my friends working here
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