1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
We spend our first year of our apprenticeship at Cheshire College South and West and Total People. We go here to learn the practical side of Machining and the Knowledge side too. We are at college for 1 day a week and we are at Total People for the other 4.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned how to use new machining and I have also learned new skills for basic principles like filing and grinding. We have learned to use machines like: Manual Lathe Manual Miller CNC Lathe CNC Miller We also complete a maintenance unit and programming. We learn business techniques too.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy my time here at BAE Systems. I meet many new people and make new friends. Everyone is very friendly and the way that BAE Systems go about things is very professional. The company make you feel valued and they ensure that we go as far as we possibly can as we are a big asset to them. They think very highly of their apprentices.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
BAE Systems makes sure that their apprentices have the best education that they can possibly have. It is very structured as they have made sure that our day is set out and they know exactly what we are doing and when. They keep on top of college and Total people to make sure that we are receiving the proper education
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We always have sometime to talk to if we need anything. Whether it is our fellow apprentices or if it is the manager or the apprentice manager. BAE Systems have an excellent Occupstional health scheme to make sure that their employees are well. We also have regular reviews to check on us and to see how we are doing and feeling.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Total People and Cheshire college South and West are always there to make sure that we ate working to the best of our ability. BAE Systems have made sure that we have the best training providers available and they make sure that this is the case by checking up on us.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
We are at the training provider for a year and I feel that the qualifications that we receive help us in the workplace so that we can go back to work and get into the job as soon as possible. We are not rushed as they want us to be 100% sure when we go back to work.
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.)
We can go into schools for confidence building to tell them about our apprenticeship. We all go out for meals together and we all socialise well. We also go on trips to other sites to see what they do. We participate on this expedition called Out of Bound where you meet all apprentices from BAE Systems and you have to use your team working skills to navigate in the outdoors.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?
BAE systems is the best rated apprenticeship and it shows. There is so much scope and opportunity for you that you can go as far as you want to go. They constantly push you to be the best that you can be and I love my job here. It is all that I could ask for.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?
Apply to the job no matter if you think you will get it or not. There is no harm in trying. The best thing that you can do is to make sure that you do many extra curricular activities outside of school. Show that you are a good team player and that you have a good personality as this is what they look for the most.
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