Signalling and Design Engineering at Siemens

Start Date:
Croydon, Greater London
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£14,200 annually
Review Date:
May 2019

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Review Score

8.8 /10

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


I'm a Design and Signalling Apprentice for Siemens Rail Automation LTD. My Current day to day involves going to college Full time from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Completing my NVG level 2 in Engineering and BTEC level 3, operations and Maintenance. This is because I'm still in my first year, From my second day I will be going on day release to college and four days to work.

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


Yes I have learnt a lot of new skills In the course of my time in college. Like how to perform different Engineering operations. How to using the Lathe, Mill, Pillar drills, Heat treatments. Basic Electrical installations, Electronics, Soldering etc. There are lots of valuable skills I have acquired over the months.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I quite enjoy my programme at the moment. Although it is just full time in college for the first year. I still get to see my manager once in a while when he comes to do our reviews in college. It has been a totally joyful experience for me till date.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


My programme is well organised. I get booked into activities and training courses and I'm informed before hand whenever this is done. I know what I have to do for the rest of this year in college and I have been informed what my targets are and what i will achieve after my apprenticeship in terms of qualifications and licenses.

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


I receive support from my employer whenever I need it. My manager and his team are only an email or a phone call away. Whenever I have needed assistance, I have been provided with one. During our reviews,our manager also asks us if there are any problems and ensures things are okay

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


My training provider which is Kingston college provides support whenever it is needed. We have enough time to complete and hand in our works and we are given enough resources and information needed to achieve whatever grade we want to. The college itself is a very good one and I couldn't have chosen a better college for my training.

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


I'm not very sure about this yet because what we do in college at the moment is general engineering and is not specific to the rail industry. I also haven't gone into my work place since I started because this year is a full time study in college to achieve my level two and part of level 3

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.)


There have been a couple of volunteering that we did for National training academy for rail and Sciemens over the past few months. These has been great opportunities to meet with others personnel from the industry and learn more things. We did also some activities during our induction in Northampton.

9a. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend?


9b. Why?

Siemens is a great company to work for and they very much look after their employee to ensure that we are I good health and in the right state of mind to work. There are also so many other employee benefits that is tailored to your specific needs depending on what you want to profit from.

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

Do your research, learn as much as you can about the company. Be your absolute self. They are not very much interested in what you know at this stage because this is only an apprenticeship. They are rather interested in your personality and attitude towards the job. If you are motivated, you will surely excell.

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