Mechanical technician at BAE Systems

Start Date:
North West
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£1,004 monthly
Review Date:
March 2019

Review Score

9.4 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


At the moment I am based at the total people college at Cheshire college. I am based here for 1 year and then return back to the workplace. I am learning fundamental skills which I will use in the workplace, such as CNC turning, CNC milling, Manual turning and manual milling.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have learnt many different skills whilst in the total people workshop, such as manual milling and turning, I have learnt the basics of the machine and how to run them in an effective and efficient way. I have previously had experience in the CNC side of manufacturing so by BAE investing in me to develop my skills in this it has allowed me to manufacture more advanced parts.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy the program thoroughly, whilst working a BAE systems I have had lots of opportunities to experience many different things, such as having day trips out to other different sites to see what they participate in and also going out to local colleges to deliver detailed presentations on the upcoming intakes.

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


I have found that the organisation and structure of the programme which has been provided by BAE systems has been the upmost best. Since day one they have provided me with the knowledge and experience which is needed to be able to achieve whilst spending the year at total people.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?


Whilst working at BAE Systems for the length of time I have been here I have received the maximum amount of support and guidance. The head of apprenticeships for my area and my training advisor has always been around the total people workshop checking that everything is okay and whether my work is at a good standard.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?


Whilst we have been based at total people we have been supported and provided with guidance consistently and effectively. They have given us the correct material to be able to achieve had aclaim the top marks for each unit. I believe that BAE systems have put much through and thinking into sending us to this provider which has benefited me greatly.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?


By me completing the qualifications whilst at total people I believe very much so that this will help me when I am back within the company. It will give me the knowledge and experience to be able to enter the workshop at BAE systems and have a very familiar knowledge of how to work effectively.

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.)


Whilst working at BAE Systems we have been offered lots of different opportunities and activities to do during working hours. For example we have the opportunity to attend events such as site tours or college presentations, there is also out of hours opportunities which we can attend such as curry nights.

9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?


9b. Why?

I would recommend BAE Systems to a friend because I believe that they give you the support and guidance which you would tend not to get at any other apprenticeship. They will offer you many different opportunities and activities which you can attend which will give you a break from all the lengthy work.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?

When ever you are applying to BAE systems the main advice which I would give to a potential employee would be to put lots of detail and time into the application. I would also give the advice at the interview stage to be prepared for any question and put in the correct amount of research.

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