1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Currently I am learning different skills around the business within different sectors to give me an overview of what each place is like and if i might want to work their full time. This gives me the opportunity to learn new skills and get a grasp for if i want this to my career.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, I've learnt how to use many different pieces of machinery and test equipment which has been super interesting. Within testing we had 4 big test machines and i learnt how to use all of them with the different applications for each one and running tests on different customer products.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I do enjoy what I'm doing, meeting new people and learning new skills within a big company. In each placement you are able to meet lots of different people who can help you learn more about what you enjoy doing. It also exciting having different projects to work towards as well.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
We have a clear structure about what we are doing with timeframes as well. It clearly shows each of us the placement that we should be in as well as where we've been and what we have in store for us next. Each of these is accompanied by corresponding dates to make sure we stay on track.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We have constant support from our employer. Whenever we need them we are able to schedule a meeting and issues get sorted. It is easy to meet and speak with our managers to discuss issues or other matters. At college they regularly met up with us to make sure we were on target and achieving but also enjoying ourselves.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
We also get support from IPS when we need help with work and assignments. Their is always a tutor on hand who can help us if we need a bit of help and to explain different concepts of theories so that we can constantly learn new things to help us back at work.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
My qualification is geared towards engineering and this means that we learn things around this subject and how they are likely to integrate with our business. This means as we constantly learn new things and ideas then we can also progress at work showing how we can apply that new knowledge.
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.)
Yes, we have plenty of extra curricular activities that I'm able to get involved in. We can just look on the intranet site or ask one of the members at HR about what is available to us and how we can get involved. We also have done out-ward activities at college as well which linked back to work.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?
It's a well prepared and organised company that takes due diligence in the welfare, health and safety and community feel of its employees so that we all feel happy and enjoy what we do. I think that they support each one of us apprentices to do he best we can.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?
Make sure to have a look at al the different types of apprentice schemes available to see which one best suits you. Even if that coming straight from GCSE's, A-Levels, BTEC or University. There is something for everyone. Just have a look and see what you like to do.
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