1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role involves becoming an active member in my job placement and interacting with it's members in order to gain as much experiences as possible. I am usually assigned a specific worker to shadow for the day, so that I can learn what their role is within the company.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Since the start of my apprenticeship I have grown in confidence, therefore being more able to talk to people. In addition, my hands on skills have improved due to the amount of high class training that has been provided to me. My knowledge of the company and the products it makes has also developed.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my apprenticeship to a great extent. I have seen and learned many things about the industry I'm in and I feel that my programme thus far has given me a great grounding. Furthermore, the time that I have spent here has been very welcoming by the staff and I have mode great friends with other apprentices and the existing workers.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme has great structure. I was made well aware of the things to expect during the apprenticeship before I was accepted. Once I came into my programme the next 4 years of my programme was made crystal clear to me. because of this, I know where all of my placements are within the company, and the time-scale of them all.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a great amount of support from my employer. Upon me starting my programme I was assigned a partner in the form of a 2nd year apprentice so they could show me around and answer any questions that I had. They also set up regular meetings with managers so that we can give feedback on what's going good (or bad) in my apprenticeship.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Our trainers have been fantastic in giving us a great grounding in the world of electrics and engineering. they are always willing to give help and to pass on their experiences within an engineering field. Furthermore, they do no always give us the answers straight, but give us small hints so that we may be allowed to work out problems ourselves and gain more from the experience as a result.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
As I learn more and more from my company and from my training provider, I feel more confident as I move into different aspects of the company. As I learn more I find it easier to understand more about the products and the work that goes into making our products.
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.)
My company organises numerous skills events throughout the first few years of the course so that we can develop our people and presentation skills. this event also allows us to find out more about the company. This event also allows us to network with people working at the different sites across the country.
9a. Would you recommend MBDA to a friend?
Mbda is a fantastic place to work and it respects it's apprentices and treats them as if they has worked in the company for years. They also spent a lot of time trying to not only further your knowledge of engineering, but also further you as a person in your life skills.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to MBDA?
Make sure you sell yourself on your application and make sure that your application form is the very best that it can be. Furthermore on your interview day it is important that you present yourself in the correct manor. Finally you must ensure that you get as many people to check your application for mistakes or things to add.
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