1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work in naval base services and I work on machinery and maintaining it and I have two trades which is electrical and mechanical where I work on machinery, electrical fittings, cranes, fire exits, lighting. I get all kinds of jobs up which vary, but help provide the necessary skills I need for my qualification.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes I have a lot especially in the training centre because the start off with the basic training and build on each bit of training ensuring I have the full and correct knowledge for the outside world of work and help me understand different scenarios within the workplace like health and safety on the job.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy when I have lots of varied jobs which allow me to extend my experience. I enjoy the challenging jobs because it pushes my level of knowledge and allows me to learn new skills and training on the job and helps me progress on different tasks which bring up new scenarios.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My first year was very up and down started off well but then towards the end of the first year things where getting delayed and my progress slowed down and made me depressed and frustrated. But overall the structure needs to planned and shown to apprentices at the start of the year not introduced in parts over the training year.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
From my line manger I receive a lot of support because I always feel comfortable to go and see her about anything , but in my first year and felt like I had no one to talk to about how I was feeling because of the embarrassment of certain situations in the training centre.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
I have loads of support from my training providers even when I'm struggling I get the help I need and makes me very pleased and happy about the learning because I'm learning new things and expanding on my knowledge and understanding of my two different trades in the workplace.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I feel like I've learnt a lot but there needs to be a little bit more structure and lengthier learning to ensure full training because when I went out into my work placement I felt like I didn't have the full training to complete some of the tasks given to me.
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.)
Yes but I gave up applying for them because I never got picked the same people always got picked even though they said they picked names out of a hat which I found unfair because I never got the opportunity to represent the company and feel proud for who I work for.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?
BAE provide a well rounded experience and since starting my apprenticeship I have learnt a lot and a lot more then I think id ever know. BAE has provided me good support on completing my qualifications and given me a big confidence boast for the work placement id be placed in.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?
Try and do extra curricular activities or qualifications as it may stand out from others and make sure you have a great project which shows versatility in your skills and show what presentation skills you have in your work project and explain what recent work you have tried such as work experience in a similar work environment.
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