1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Signalling design using CAD and taught signalling principles. Would be working on our own packages of design or aiding others. would be allocated a specific project and would work away at the design packages for that project day in day out. I would also attend college one day a week.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes in my time as an apprentice I gained my HNC in electrical engineering and I'm about to complete my HND too. I have also been on various signalling courses which have benefited my work. I have also been put on various cross discipline courses like technical writing and project management which has developed my confidence and overall understanding of how a business should be run.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy it a lot, I feel like we could have had better training/mentorship but other than that I really enjoyed being involved in different projects and the responsibility coming from that involvement. I also enjoy the variation in work as it keeps the job new and exciting. I also get the opportunity to be out on site a lot again this keeps the job exciting and gives a better understanding to the designs you're carrying out in the office.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It was good, again I think they could have got more out of the trainees at the time if they gave them more mentorship and exposed them to different aspects of the job. Our training officer had courses and timescales set out right from the start but he was situated down south so on a day to day basis he didn't have much input. I feel like in the office no one was keeping track of our progress or speaking to the trainees about how we thought we were getting on.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I received a fair amount of support, I think it could have been better in terms of training and development however. Our training officer was situated down south so only really seen him once a year. I feel it would have been beneficial if we had someone in our office assigned to us from the start.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Support where needed, they were always on hand to deal with any issues or problems we had. They were also very helpful when it came to future training and qualifications to work towards. I had a meeting with the training provider once a month to see how I was getting on with my SVQ level 3.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I feel like the qualification gained from my training provider helped a fair bit. Again it gave me an overall understanding of the principles behind my role and important bits of information i should know about and refer to when carrying out tasks. It was also good to summarise each task i done within 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.)
Yes, I got involved in the five a side team which was good initially as I met people I would work with in the future in a more informal environment. It was also good as we met at the end of the week. I also attended seminars or signalling engineering this was good for networking as I met professionals from other companies.
9a. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend?
They are a very good company to work for, they are happy to put you through further education and working for a name like Siemens you know you're working in the most professional environment. My role is so enjoyable as I get a mix of being in the office and on site testing .
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens?
Do you research into the role and the company and make sure its the job for you, this will help you decide if you can commit to the job and also shows you're keen and interested. Make sure you put in a professional application ensure all spelling and grammar is correct
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