1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I take designs and I model them on 3D software. I take these computerised models and 3D print them on the 3D printers at work. I write reports on what I have done and why the design has had to change to accommodate differences in parts than what was originally there.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt how to manage my own time more effectively to get the work done as set by my manager to meet the deadlines they expect me to meet. I have also learnt how to plan a task or job, instead of being given step by step instructions as to how to complete a task I have created my own action plan in order to complete it.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme on the whole, however this opinion changes depending on which department I am in on my rotation. Different departments suit my working style and personality better than others, but this helps me to narrow down where I want to work when I come off the scheme.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is well structured, the next placements are worked out far enough in advance to be able to prepare for them. The people in charge of organising make sure that people are aware of what is going on by forwarding emails on to us and by answering questions as quickly as possible.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Personally I do not receive that much support from MBDA, however should I need the support I could seek their advice and be pointed in the right direction. I do not feel that they would refuse to give me support. Other apprentices have received some support when they needed it.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
We meet every few months to discuss the NVQ which is good as we talk through what I need to do in order to complete the NVQ. There is less support in terms of the college work, on the whole the training provider does not talk to me about it.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I feel that the NVQ makes me more aware of the health and safety of my job role and the practical side of the job. It also helps me to write reports on jobs that I have completed as they are quite similar to what I complete for my NVQ.
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 are loads of extra-curricular activities. the work intranet and face book style networking site has lots of information about different clubs and opportunities available to employees. currently, I partake in both football, touch rugby and French lessons. for practically free of charge. these activities help to make my day to day life more rounded.
9a. Would you recommend MBDA to a friend?
the company is a good company to work for. the work is very varied and there are a lot of opportunities for a lot of different people. there is a job role for everyone and there is a lot of reward systems in place and the company looks after you.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to MBDA?
When applying make sure you read about their core values and mention those in your application. apply for other jobs as well as mbda. make sure your cv reflects the role you want to go into, e.g. if its engineering based explain why you like engineering and maths etc.
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