Signal Design Apprentice at Siemens

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Start Date:
2016
Location:
Derby
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Salary:
£16,200 annually
Review Date:
May 2019

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Review Score

8 /10

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

8/10

Basic design work, both updates and new work, working alongside document control in order to ensure everything is sent through and maintained correctly. Creating the relevant copies of documents to send out to people such as the testers and updating the work upon their return. Ensuring everything is logged and up to date in regards to versions, signatures etc and making sure electronic copies are created with the most up to date information.

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

8/10

Everything I have learned so far have been completely new skills, from working with CAD files to learning how to work with negatives, also learning how to keep the most recent versions of documents as well as learning to manage document control. A lot of external learning has been carried out as well, things from basic testing skills for outside of the office on track to learning all about the progression of the railway and it's technology over the tears.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

8/10

I thoroughly enjoy it, it's quite taxing mentally at times and I feel that's what I need in order to keep me keen as I like to continue to learn. I also enjoy the large array of work I get to carry out, everything from working on brand new work to creating packs of documents to be sent out

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

8/10

From a company's point of view it has been very well set out, all courses were completed on time if not ahead of schedule and a lot of communication is given for what is required for us to complete. Any external issues we've faced, such as with college courses has been dealt with quickly and efficiently all while keeping us in the know.

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

8/10

A lot of support, they are there every step of the way and are will to accommodate all needs, it's a very understanding company and are very big on making sure your wellbeing and health is of very high importance, going so far as to make sure both mental and physical clinics are available to everyone.

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

8/10

The training providers the company work with are excellent, and the support given from within the company is also good, I am never made to feel as though I'm not capable of getting help wherever needed. The person in charge of dealing with the apprentices is also always on hand whenever they are needed and have great communication.

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

8/10

It gives me a lot better knowledge and better skills to use in my role, without this I feel as though learning may have been a much slower process as they give you the relevant information before it becomes a crucial part of the job, it also extends past what you will need to know which allows you to understand why things are done the way they are as opposed to just knowing how to do it

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.)

8/10

Yes, there are ample opportunities to get involved in various charity events, whether it be fundraising, runs, or things such as garden maintenance for local schools and memorials. Regular activities are held outside of work such as meals that are ones arranged by individuals in the office as opposed to an organized event.

9a. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

You get so many opportunities to learn ands grow within the company, it opens up such a diverse range of work and you are constantly provided with the means to improve yourself. The company offers such a nice work environment where you never feel isolated and have chance to get involved with things to help you bond with your colleagues.

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

Be sure to revise your CV so it optimizes your skills and strengths, make sure to prepare for any upcoming interviews but do not panic yourself over them, the team carrying out the interviews are highly likely to be a very nice and approachable group of individuals. If any aptitude tests are required make sure you are calm before taking them and do not let yourself get too overwhelmed.

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