1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Check in with my gaffer. receive paperwork for a job and be told what needs done. agree that this can be done and head off to my compartment. undertake dynamic risk assessment, gather tools and any other documents needed. complete job to highest standard possible. hand paperwork to gaffer at end of the day
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes. I am now more confident using tools and feel that I am becoming competent in day to day tasks that I am given. I am now finding it easier to discuss jobs in depth with supervisors, managers and other tradesmen. I now understand the important of getting a job done correctly first time
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
On a broad scale I would say that I overly enjoy my apprenticeship and feel that I will be competent for going forward in the company. I enjoy the camaraderie and I also enjoy being given jobs and being trusted to complete them on my own (with a tradesman in the vicinity near by)
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Sometimes it can be a bit disorganised I feel. as sometimes we can be told we are doing something then this could change quite last minute. However the general outlay of the whole apprenticeship is structured well and I am enjoying myself everyday. I look forward to continuing the apprenticeship for the last few months.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I beleive that supervisors, tradesmen and trade trainers are always willing to help and give advice when you ask for it. if there is a situation that occurs when you feel you have no other option then you can discuss things with the union situated in you r work place
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
every time I have a problem it tends to get resolved. if there are issues with college there are many avenues that I can go down to make sure I get the help needed. if I have problems on site there are numerous people I can go to to get help
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 received in college, training school does somewhat help me perform better in my day to day tasks. however I feel that here could have been more ship orientated tasks in the training school and felt like the job we got seemed strung out for a long time just to cover our time in the school
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 not aware of any extra curricular activities set up by my work. however I do socialise occasionally with my year group and we have a good rapport with each other making it good to work with my peers. We often discuss problems and figure out solutions with each other.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?
I would recommend an apprenticeship to a friend as I feel that you gain valuable skills and learn new things every day. however I would warn them that you do not get the same qualifications as an electrician outwith the yard and may have to go for further training if you wish to leave the yard for a new job
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?
I would warn them that you do not get the same qualifications as an electrician outwith the yard and may have to go for further training if you wish to leave the yard for a new job. however I would let them know that you are given great benefits in the work place and it is one of the best paying apprenticeships out there.
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