1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Monday to Wednesday I am expected to proactively learn the manufacturing and engineering processes involved within aircraft and the industry by completing tasks within an engineering environment. The learning provided is extremely diverse and no two jobs are ever the same.
Thursdays I am expected to participate within a classroom lecture environment where I am taught the processes and scientific information behind the production of air craft, which facilitate my understanding. The information is then expected to be inputted into assignment style answers under my own imitative.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many work related skills throughout my training period at BAE, here are a couple; The Knowledge on how electrical appliances are assembled along with the theory behind it. How to effectively use CAD and transferring the work onto CNC or manually operated working processes with their state of the art machinery.
Personal skills have also been developed such as confidence and pride taken within my work a result of BAE's working environment allowing me to focus upon.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The short time-span spent within each section of work prevents any apprentice feeling their work becoming stagnant. It is not stop intense learning. The staff and colleges take the stresses off workloads all helping one another achieve deadlines. You come out of the working day feeling satisfied with what you have achieved that day.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The program is currently undergoing some changes. From what I have experienced the program is fluent and thorough at providing apprentices with a well rounded understanding of the aircraft industry. I am looking forward to my future training.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
All staff are over qualified with years of experience within numerous aviation companies. This knowledge and understanding is easily and effectively passed down to the apprentices. The instructors and other colleges are very approachable and are happy to help.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
Currently the training I am going through is aimed at aiding me within the job role I am offered/selected, commonly a result on what aspects of the training I perform best at.
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 an abundance of activities supported and founded by BAE, there are many engineering competitions and events that BAE proactively get their apprentices involved in.
9a. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?
I feel as though BAE can offer a great future no matter the persons educational or cultural background due to its vast array of careers.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?