1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I help produce parts that are needed by the customer, I do this on either CNC machines like a CNC lathe, mill or machine centre or on Manual machines but if it is manual then I mostly use manual lathes but I am just starting to learn the manual mill.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned lots of new skills like some basic electrics and brazing and I have developed my machining skills especially my CNC (computer numerical control) skills as I wasn't able to do alt of this at school as there weren't many machines and our teachers didn't know a lot about them and my programing abilities since I have been with the company
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the program very much as it is hands on and we only do one day a week in college, (though we do have some weeks where we do have to do paper work), so we are able to keep improving our practical skills and I prefer to learn through doing things practically then reading about them in a book.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
the organisation could be better as it has taken months for some of us to get out on our placements and even when we are out there the people that we are with get sent home on stand down and we aren't allowed to go home but then we aren't allowed in the workshop either without them there so we are left on our own and the communication between the college and work could be better as they still cant agree what course I'm suppose to be on.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
my employers do give quite good support in some areas and are lacking in others, so they make adaptations to the working environment but they are less accommodating when you need to go off sick or for hospital appointments. but then they are willing to come up with a flexi possibility if it is required for you as well so there are thins that they can do.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
they are really good at knowing about their job and every thing to do with it, but they need to know how to pass that information on in the most effective way, instead of going over the same thing 5 times go through it once just a bit slower so that they know that the apprentice has fully understood.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I think my qualification will best fit the role that I wish to peruse in the machining role and if I do wish to leave the company at any time then It gives me a good base to get a new job somewhere else with another company doing similar work or different work entirely.
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've competed in competitions with the company in the navy boat challenge where we had to build a model boat and then compete against other teams, I've gone away with them and networked and been able to represent them at different events and different teams have different social events that they go to as well.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?
it is a good company to work for and it takes care of its employees and there are lots of benefits that go along with working for them as well like the share scheme and anything that you put in they will match up to £75 and the paid holiday that you get, you also get quite a good pension.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?
have an interest in engineering and in the company know what is going on with the company as well and have your own projects and things that you have designed even if they don't work because they like people who can think up out of the box ideas or something that makes you stand out to them,
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