Mechanical Fitter at BAE Systems

Start Date:
South East
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£1,060 monthly
Review Date:
February 2019

Review Score

10 /10

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 will be doing anything that involves the mechanical side of maintenance. Such as; fixing and maintaining engines, doing maintenance checks on the plant and equipment. On different days in the first year we change between theory and practical sessions on different subjects in both mechanical and electrical.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


So far I have learnt basic hand skills in bench fitting. For example; the correct way of filing and drilling and tapping holes. I have also learnt how to strip down an engine and the correct ways of labelling parts so you know how to put it all back together again.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I am really enjoying this program because it's given me a chance to meet new people and develop new skills. This apprenticeship has effectively set me up with a job for the rest of my life and the pay is good considering the hours that we are currently working.

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


I personally think the structure of my program is well organised and put together. We have theory lessons that match the practical we are doing. They got us to do hand fitting first which helped us establish what skills we had and obtain new ones which has helped in future subjects.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?


I have received a lot of help from my employer. They have supported my mental health and other issues that I have had since moving for my job. They explain everything well and our Tool Box talks help us communicate with our employer about stuff coming up and gives us a chance to communicate any problems we have back to the employer

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?


Our training provider gives us apprentices a lot of help and support when we may be struggling in the workshop. For example; if we don't know how to use something or we break something such as a drill bit, then they shows us how to report it and how to replace anything we need too.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?


I believe that training first with our training provider is a good idea because we are likely to get more help in the training centre than out in the yard because there is more pressure out there to know what you're doing and to not make any sort of mistake.

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.)


We have something called STEM but I myself do not get involved because I currently live alone. They do things from events at air shows and stuff to going into schools to give talks and presentations to get the company out there so more people know about it and how to get involved in what we are doing.

9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?


9b. Why?

I so far have found it to be a really good company to work for. The pay is really good and my employer is very supportive and ensures all the apprentices are looked after and treated as actual fully trained work employees and we get told what is going on in the business

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?

Do it! The company is really good and the jobs you will get to do once trained can be very exciting. Ensure you read though your application thoroughly and check for mistakes and make sure you remember what you put. Dress smart for the interviews and don't be nervous because they are really nice!

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