1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
bae systems - Mechanical fitter - HP Air/Hydraulic. day to day basis involves jobs around HP air and hydraulics which could involve pipework, valves, generators, accumulators, HP bottles, Air and hydraulic systems etc where maintenance is needed to be completed in order to keep the systems running correctly under high pressure.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
during my 2nd year of my apprenticeship I am currently learning new skills and developing my knowledge of HP Air and hydraulics. each day is something new and I am learning all the time from the qualified tradesmen I am with. They are feeding me with their experience through theory and practical based while undertaking a job.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Since starting my 2nd year of the apprenticeship I am starting to enjoy it a lot more. I felt the first year didn't really relate to what I am learning now as such, but gave me a insight to using tools and equipment I've never used before. my 2nd year so far has been really enjoyable and the workforce I'm with have helped me a lot with developing new skills, on and off the tools.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
in the first year of my apprenticeship I felt the organisation of the programme was slightly all over the place. it didn't feel very structured and I was worried about going into the yard not knowing a lot or how to do maintenance activities. I felt I was rushed on some aspects of my first year and didn't take a lot in due to it. my 2nd year is going a lot smoothly as the structure of my job I am fitting into is coming along more organised with help from everyone.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I rarely see my employer but when I do he gives me a lot of support and always asks about how I am doing and what have I been up to. adding supporting to what I am doing and praising me on my work, always there with any problem you have.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
my training provider is providing me with all the skills and qualifications I need in order to complete my apprenticeship. they give me the support I need and when I ask for the help they are always there to help me in need. they will keep me updated with any changes and give you feedback constantly on developing.
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 training provider does provide the theory I need to complete my apprenticeship and oi can use what I have learnt to put into practice. some of the theory based learning can be irrelevant at times and not based around what I am learning. but when I do put the theory into practice it can help with my learning.
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.)
since I have joined bae systems, I haven't really since any extra-curricular activites to get involved in. you make friends while undertaking the apprenticeship and can range social events with them. you can be offered to work overtime of shift work which can help with your working hours and pay and working relationships in the company.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?
the bae systems apprenticeship programme is a very good way to learn a trade within maritime services. it provides the qualifications you need to progress within your trade and the business. it can be difficult at times but the outcomes are truly great, with great praise and development in yourself. you pick up new skills everyday of learning and meet some great people.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?
when I was applying to bae systems I found it very nerve racking and felt I wasn't going to receive a offer to join. I remained confident and constantly found myself researching the company and showing my interest as I wanted the job a lot. showing your interest online in the application will allow you to progress forward. coming from a trade related course before hand will help with your application as you have previous worked on the tools.
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