Technical Engineering Apprentice at BMW Group

Start Date:
2017
Location:
Chichester
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Salary:
£16,616 annually
Review Date:
May 2019

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Review Score

7.8 /10

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

8/10

Currently my role revolves around learning, through a number of placements taking me through the majority of the business. I spend a few months in each department, learning what they do on a day to day basis, their overall function within the business, and how they work with other departments (especially my home department) to fulfill their role.

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

9/10

I came into my role with very little knowledge of what it takes to build a car, and the amount of work that goes into every detail. I have learnt and developed a number of skills in my journey since then; problem solving, efficient communication, data analysis and collection, as well as a whole host of other skills.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

8/10

As with all learning and development programs, it has it's upsides and its downsides. Thankfully, for me, I can say that the upsides absolutely dwarf any momentary negatives I might face. The amount I have learn about our business, the skills, and the people in it has helped develop me at a pace I did not know possible. Whilst I may have days of tedious work, it does not diminish the overall enjoyment.

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

7/10

Our year of apprentice intake were put on a new scheme called the 'Apprentice Standard', the implementation of which has left a lot to be desired. However this is not unusual for a new scheme, and whilst my experiences may not always be positive they also may not be indicative of what others would or will experience. I must say though, that the structure given by my manager has been fantastic, and so my time in work is well planned and allocated.

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

8/10

Employer support has been good, but not perfect. I personally believe that most of the negative aspects as can be attributed to a lack of good communication between our training provider and our employer, although this is just my personal opinion. The vast majority of the time though the support has been fantastic, HR and my manager have been helpful, informative and easily accessible. They have been happy to provide all of the guidance and support I have needed.

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

7/10

Chichester College have not always been the best at supporting us. Communication from the course managers has often left a lot to be desired. This was worst towards the end of our first year, but has since improved somewhat. In terms of learning support though that cannot be faulted, our lecturers individually are all very good at what they do, and very good at passing on that knowledge to us.

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

8/10

Employer support has been good, but not perfect. I personally believe that most of the negative aspects as can be attributed to a lack of good communication between our training provider and our employer, although this is just my personal opinion. The vast majority of the time though the support has been fantastic, HR and my manager have been helpful, informative and easily accessible. They have been happy to provide all of the guidance and support I have needed.

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.)

7/10

There are a number of out-of-work opportunities, from the in house charity to department specific social events. I have had the opportunity to represent Rolls-Royce and the wider BMW Group at an Apprentice Event in the House of Lords. Currently I am involved in a project designing and manufacturing a body for a local primary school's Go-Kart.

9a. Would you recommend BMW Group to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

A good working environment, enjoyable and rewarding work with enough benefits to tide you over. The BMW Group provides plenty of opportunity for advancement, providing you show the right initiative. Overall though it is what you make of it, and you have to put in the time and effort to see the rewards.

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

When applying for an apprenticeship you're not expected to know everything about your potential job role, you're not expected to ace every test you're given, and you are not expected to have mastered interviews. They're looking for people who are smart, committed, and who have the potential and drive to grow, and if you can show that you'll do well.

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