Electrical engineering apprentice at Schneider Electric

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Review Date:
July 2020

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


I change roles frequently so my day to day activity changes. Currently, I am spending time in the marketing department where I am creating training material for a project where we are updating the training available to both internal entities and external.I am also completing competitor research.

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


From my experience at Schneider Electric, my communication skills have been developed greatly due to being in teams and networking. My organisational skills have also been developed as I have had to mange my own projects and prioritise. Training is available to me, so my knowledge of the field and our company is always expanding.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy my program: it gives me a sound understanding of the field as well as my company as I have experience in different sectors of the company. I enjoy the tasks given to me, and that I am able to have projects of my own and have responsibility. Schneider's work culture is very welcoming and friendly and allows me to easily network. I would prefer some more practical projects though.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


My program is fairly organised. We were given a 3 day induction where we were given an in depth view to the company and allowed to network. I receive consistent and necessary training.It is made well known to us that support for our work tasks and our studies is readily available and we often have meetings with mentors. However, improvements should be made to the institution we study at.

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


I receive a lot of support from my mentor and they show a willingness in wanting to support me and offer guidance. my manager also supports me, however, i would prefer them to be more involved with offering support.

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


Support from the tutors at the institute providing our qualification is poor, however this concern has been raised and is being addressed. Our college assessor actively communicates with us and provides support. I enjoy the qualification, but the organisation of the institute should improve in delivering the qualification.

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


The knowledge taught through our qualification is complimentary to my role and supports my day to day activities. The qualification I am studying is titled 'Engineering Technical Support' and offers both mechanical and electrical theory and practical: as I am doing an electrical engineering apprenticeship, the mechanical theory is not incredibly relevant however it is useful for gaining a generalised knowledge of the entire engineering field.

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, the company has social events, especially around times like Christmas. We also take part in challenges/events for charity: we are currently partaking in the 'Around the World in 80 Days' challenge to raise money for the EIC.

9a. Would you recommend Schneider Electric to a friend?


9b. Why?

The company has allowed me to enter the engineering field and gain experience and exposure to all aspects of engineering. The work culture and environment is very welcoming and the teams I've been a part of have been incredibly supportive. The mentoring system we use is very beneficial and my manager and mentor are always keen to give guidance/advice.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Schneider Electric?

I would advise other applicants to be aware of your own skills and how you can express and amplify them in your CV and on assessment days. I would also advise them to be vocal to their mentor/team about any questions or difficulties they are having as guidance is always willing to be given and they won't face criticism for raising it. Any opportunities that are offered to the applicant, I'd advise they look into them and consider them as they can be incredibly eye-opening and can help others, especially if the opportunity is something to the likes of a school event where they represent the company.

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