1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My roles when I qualify will be a control engineer which involves making sure that machines are running properly on a software level, this includes preventative maintenance on machines or getting a call telling me to come quickly to repair a machine with an error which I will need to do when I qualify and be competent at it.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed many skills that involve using my hands or using machinery such as bench fitting, welding, grinding, using milling machines and lathe, on top of that my knowledge and skills in electronics was greatly improved as we were taught how to create and maintain electrical circuits which can be used in houses or in machinery.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
This programme is everything I have ever wanted and a great way to get into engineering, it is challenging enough to keep me interested and wanting to succeed but at the same time it is made easy for us to complete such a large amount of content in a short amount of time.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My company has run this kind of programme for over 20 years and have thousands of apprentices all over the world, because of this the programme has gotten better over time to the point where we sometimes have some free time towards the end of the year, however we always have something to do when we are at the company.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We are always in direct contact with out employer and can always get our issues resolved if we have one, on top of this we can get further support by going at our plant for example when we need extra uniforms, past apprentices also support us by giving us tips on how to succeed.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Our training providers give us as much support as every single one of their student and also can contact and work alongside our company to make our time easier while training, we also get the same priveliges as other students such as student discounts and unidays etc as well as working.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
My qualifications help me to get me into engineering before I am at the plant which will make it easier for me to integrate at my plant as I will be able to relate slightly to other engineers as well as understand my job role better by giving me a good point of knowledge that I can improve on when I'm at the company.
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.)
Unfortunately my company does not have any extra circular for me or other apprentices to get involved in apart from a gym, this is most likely because my company wants us to spend our energy on the task at hand, however our training provider does give us extra ciricualar activities to complete.
9a. Would you recommend BMW Group to a friend?
Because it is the best choice I have made in my life and has made me a very happy person by allowing me to have my dream job and train me to do my best on top of this they pay for my tuition fees and give you a company car.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BMW Group?
If you qualify and you love engineering you will have a very good time and it will take a lot of the stress away from going to university and working at the same time to support yourself and once you finish you may not find a job in your field while you are guaranteed a job if you get an apprentaship.
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