1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
The average day on ship I will show up on ship and find my mentor who will explain our task at hand and then he will give a demonstration on how to do the job and I will then have a go myself. we may continue a job from the day before.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a lot of new skills being out in the yard, hand skills have improved a lot being as we are always using general tools and measuring equipment such as rules, tape measures etc. I have learnt how to flame gauge and my tack welds are improved a lot.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the programme as is helps my engineering knowledge as a whole and learning to do a trade on the job is a lot more fun, enjoyable and easier to understand then being at a college learning engineering, and doing new things everyday helps with not being very bored .
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The structure is easily understandable as I can always contact my mentor on his whereabouts and if there is no work available I can always sit it a quite room and continue doing bookwork so there is no time being wasted and all my instructors/ team leaders are nice people.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Anytime I require support I feel like it is always available for me weather that being help to get on a course or help with anything I am uncertain about, If I ever feel like I need to speak to someone about any problems or quires I will not hesitate to ask.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
The support I receive from my training provider and or mentors is to a high standard and they are very clear in there communication and method of putting there point across, If I am uncertain of the task at hand or I don't understand the way my mentor is putting it across there is always some one else to ask.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
All work that is being done all contributes to the qualification, for example if I need to right up about a welding job for my qualification then my mentor or team leader will try and put me with someone who is doing a welding job so I can collect information.
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 aware that there are different gym slotted around the dock yard and there are also events that bae attend to such as armed forces day and other open days in the dock yard at these events people can look at what the apprenticeship can offer and if the job is for them.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?
As It is a opportunity for them to learn there desired trade on the job and also an opportunity to earn money, it can give you a better understanding on different types of engineering and can help you decide which trade is best for you, also can give you an opportunity for the future.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?
I would say that bae are a solid company and they can offer lots to you in terms of training and trades, They have a great reputation and the apprenticeship is one of the best available. and that they should see what bae has available and explain to them what types of trades there are.
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