1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work as a Advanced Mechanical/Electrical Maintenance Apprentice which means that i primarily work in maintaining and restoring equipment and machines around the factory. As i have advanced thou the years however i have had the opportunity to work on major installation projects such as building and installation of assembly lines and upgrades to certain machinery.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a range of new skill from working here. some skills i gained from the job and for the job and others i have gained from experiencing the working world. For example i have developed a high understanding of machines and processes and how to aid and assist when these things fail. Furthermore i have learnt a wide range of life skills such as managing my money and time.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
In my eyes this program has been the best thing i have done with my life to date. collage and school was never really my thing as i struggled with major aspects of it so this apprenticeship really helped me out. Not only did i learn practically but doing so helped me learn theoretically and boosted my ability in collage especially since the collage course is tailored around your job. I've made a lot of friends and colleagues and in my eyes i would choose this route over and over again.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The 4 year cause is very linear in structure and is organised in a way that means your doing as little work at the same time as possible over the years but your still gaining and achieving the same amount. our cause aims for HNC level however once over there is a high chance that diploma level and above can be done.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a high level and amount of support from my employer. my boss always wants to ensure that i'm managing my time well and that i'm achieving everything at a good rate. if problems arise and i need more time with collage work they are more then happy to accommodate for this with allowing me time in work. for some of the more stressful units person tuition is available on request.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Once again we get a wealth of support from the lecturers at my collage who provide us with extra lesson days in half terms (which is there personal choice inside there own holidays) and always provide us with only material we can research to better help us understand our subjects.
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 qualification has massively helped in making my role at work easy to understand and do. This is because they teach you the basics of how to do you job such as how to using different tooling and machines as well as how to maintain them and keep them in a good safe condition. along with this they give you the knowledge to understand your job and why you do the certain things you do.
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.)
We have a range of groups and independent after work activity that can be found round the work place. It is not uncommon to find groups of people setting up trips and night out. Furthermore work themselves strive to help the community so a minimum of 4 hour community service is asked for from each employee. These community events are all sorted out by work and are regular occurrences. these events could be anything from helping out at schools or even cleaning up castle hill.
9a. Would you recommend Cummins to a friend?
Cummins goes far and beyond with there apprenticeship scheme. they ensure that your are always welcome and supported and like to ensure you strive to become the best in your work area. they pay well for an apprenticeship and they provide many benefits and support throughout the years. They provide a very good work environment and help you understand the job you are hired to do.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Cummins?
There are certain common things such as know the company ECT. but the main point i like to put across is try your hardest. so your trying your hardest and always seem interested. if you can show you are interested your showing you want to learn and achieve things. talk about what sort of person you are and why you applied and most of all be confident in yourself.
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