Advanced Composite Engineering Apprentice at Siemens

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Start Date:
2016
Location:
Hull, UK
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Salary:
£15,833 annually
Review Date:
May 2019

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Review Score

5.2 /10

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

5/10

I work in final assembly within Siemens Gamesa. This involves putting the finishing touches onto the blade once it has been painted in the paint booths, it also gets drilled ready for the pins and bushes. The final things that go on the blade are things like dino tails, vortex generators, pins and bushes, lightening receptors.

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

4/10

Yes, I have learnt about Lean and Six Sigma. I have Fire Warden and First Aid training, Pathway Plus Training, I also have basic OffShore Training. I have learnt many skills whilst being at Siemens Gamesa some of these include, working in teams with many different people and learning to deal with disagreements in a sensible way.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

4/10

I enjoy it however I think it could have been planned better from the start so there was more structure to our learning plan. I also feel like it has been dragged out slightly longer than it needed to be, I think it could have been condensed into a 2 - 3 year program rather than a 3 1/2 year program.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

4/10

I feel like it could be better structured and more organized. I feel like we have never really had much structure with our program an I think this needs to be worked on. We don have much direction and to some extent are unsure what the future holds for us at Siemens Gamesa

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

5/10

We do receive support however I think some of us are now at a disadvantage with that as some are on shift and we may not see our managers for two weeks. From hat point of view I don't think the support is great however we do have mentors but some of these are more interested than others in what we're doing NVQ wise.

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

7/10

We receive quite a bit of support, we have meetings with our assessor about once a month where we discuss out NVQ side of the apprenticeship for 2 hours to enure we know what we're doing and where we should be heading regarding the next step to our end goal which I our level 3 qualification.

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

6/10

I don't think it necessarily helps me perform better, I think it just makes me understand the reasons behind some of the things I am doing a bit better and puts a different outlook on different jobs for me and gives me a better insight into this aspect of different job roles.

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.)

7/10

We do have gym sessions that are on in mornings and at night and there are some departments which do football tournaments together etc. and there are events that we have the opportunity to get involved with every now and again, however it hasn't been viable for some hat are now on shift which is just sometimes how it is.

9a. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

Its a good job, enjoyable, the shift patterns aren't the worst however I think they could be better to be more work/life balance orientated. The work is hard but I also think quite rewarding at the end (finished product). I would recommend to a friend that I looking for a good, well-paid job within the Hull area

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

Don't let the recruitment stage put you off, it may be difficult but it isn't necessarily the be all and end all. Don't be nervous about the interview, its just like an informal chat about you. Don't be over confident (cocky). Be approachable and be passionate about leaning new things and working with different kinds of people.

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