1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
On a rotation type schedule so in specific areas for a few months or weeks at a time doing the different job roles within those areas. Some areas are better than others in the sense that they make you think more and challenge yourself which is important to ensure i get better overall. Some of the areas are a bit tedious but they've got to be done so you have a general understanding through the job
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes i have, many new skills from being at work and also at college completing the NVQ level 2 , the BTEC Level 3 and now the HNC. These courses allow me to gather more knowledge and implement what i've learn to working scenarios to get the best out of any job if possible. Whilst also learning many new skills at work too based on specific jobs being done at the time
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy it alot. There is a good fundamental appreciation of the apprenticeship programme which allows me to learn to the best of my ability and take knowledge off those who already have experience. By getting fully involved and trusted it is an important step in progression overall for me
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It's very clearly organised with a structure in place of how the apprenticeship rotation will work throughout the 4 years, showing you which ares i will go to for how long, and who i need to contact for that area, bit also i have a skills sheet given by my manager to confirm the things i need to learn whilst in the area
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
A good amount of support if we need it, but also have updates every couple times a year with someone who checks up how everything is going and makes sure everything is going in the right direction for college work but in the workplace a good amount of support if needed
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
From the training provider on the HNC it's great, iget plenty of support if needed, as they spend the time with you when in the lesson if you have any queries. However Bournemouth and Poole college assessors are useless most of the time for their nvq training assessors so that's on their front but it's pretty terrible.
Higher education however is good
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The qualification from the HNC most definitely does as it can relate to various aspects of the job so taking this knowledge and applying it in to work place principles is certainly possible. As for the NVQ L3 this is job packs now from things i've done at work so it's all my own current knowledge
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.)
Yes there are further opportunities to do extra things in and with work, one of them being the apprentice greenpower project; also going to school open days and providing information about our job roles on offer, also sporting activities at the site and of site such as football take place
9a. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend?
Is a great company with a really good apprenticeship and the benefits from working at the company are great too - my choice. And at Poole people understand you're learning so ensure that if you're learning from them that they feed you the best knowledge they can so you can be successful when doing that job
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens?
Make sure you put yourself out there and want to learn!! Wanting to learn is essential to have success as the only way you'll improve is by feeding off the knowledge of experienced colleagues but also by taking notes so you can look back at them over time at work
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