1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am currently having training at Trafford College in Manchester towards my HNC. The college is very well classified, but I personally find it to be a bit desorganized most of the times. The training content is acceptable for the first year of an Automation Engineer training, contemplating PEO, hand fitting, electrical, PLC's and the HNC subjects that are very adequate.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am learning some valuable new skills in this first year in College, it has been very enriching as there always space to learn new things. I also have the opportunity to develop existing skills and improve them as I have background in a relevant engineering degree. I have learned a lot but I find it to be a little slow sometimes as it is level 3.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I am enjoying greatly my apprenticeship program and I love that Siemens is the training provider. I have learned a lot and adquired some valuable skills. It has been a very enjoyable first year for me. But I wished that the first year would have more of PLC content than it has.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The program itself seems to be fairly organised by Siemens (the training provider). The units were picked up especially for us. The only thing I think could make it better would be for the college to be more organised than it is. The communication between college and training provider is good.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Amazon has always been very supportive since day one. Anything we need, or if we only need to talk about something that it's not quite right, we can always reach to Amazon or Siemens and they go all the way to make sure the problem or issue is sorted.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
My training provider is Siemens. They seem to be, so far, a very competent and reliable training provider. They are always there for us, a phone call or email away and they will make sure everything is going according to planned. It has been a great experience so far to work with Siemens.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
This first year is a level 3 HNC so it is more of the base for the degree, as we focus more in units like hand fitting and electrical, as well as the HNC class units which are engineering and design/CAD based. In my opinion Siemens has layed down a good program and I can't wait to start training more in PLC's which is the main role of this qualification.
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.)
As I am still in the College full time this first year, there are no activities we can get involved in Amazon. There are always events promoted by Amazon that our Manager makes sure we get invited to. In the college there are no events or activities to participate in, which is a shame.
9a. Would you recommend Amazon to a friend?
Amazon is great company to work to. It's a stable company and has a lot to offer in various fields. It always tries to incitivate and promote employees throught various programs such as apprenticeships and Career Choice if you already work for them. The pay is also good compared to others.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Amazon?
I would advice other people wishing to apply to Amazon to go ahead and do it. There is plenty to choose from and the sky is the limit in Amazon. If you have been called for an interview, make sure you save plenty of time because it will be a long morning. Just be yourself and don't be affraid to demonstrate your enthusiasm.
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