Degree Technical Apprentice at Schneider Electric

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Programme Type:
Degree Apprenticeship / Sponsored Degree (Level 6/7)
Review Date:
April 2021

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


I am working within the Digital Energy business decision which is primarily focused on Building Control. This includes electrical equipment installation and commissioning. My day to day involves commissioning the electrical equipment in some cases actually physically installing the equipment. Also, this job requires a certain understanding of the IT equipment since heavily involves working within different software packages. I am rating this as excellent since every day is different and various projects undergoing therefore opportunities to travel for work.

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


Yes, certainly. For the past 2 years, I develop in-depth knowledge in the use of certain software and programming languages. As well as learning about the business process for project delivery. In addition, I had opportunities to further enhance my soft skills since the company exposes you to a lot of training and courses.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I am still in the process of my Apprenticeship. So far I am very happy with how every nth is working. I developed a great working relationship with team members, they see me as equal but also expect that I may not know something. Personally, the company core values greatly allowing with my personal value, thing like learning every day, embrace differences and dare to disrupt and challenge. On slightly negative is the; learning provider. So far the University of Lincoln showcased poor performance and communication towards part-time students. Therefore affecting the overall experience. But our company is having close talks with University to solve these issues.

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The program has a certain structure is in place through the apprenticeship. This is falling within the company requirement and needs as well as the opportunity for the apprentice to have exposure to different sides of the business. There is a rotation from different roles and departments enabling me to explore and develop different skills. We have campus week with the university 4 times per year which is a great opportunity to focus the attention on University.

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


The employer is very responsive. We have various channels of communications available, depending on the support required. Also, there are 'buddy' and 'mentor' scheme available and promoted to engage within the company. If a certain pressure is built up due to University studies and work commitments the employer is happy for us to take longer studies leaves so we are successful with passing our modules.

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


This is a challenging topic with the University of Lincoln. They communicate to us but often this communication never translates into actions. Therefore our feedback seems not to make any changes to over quality of working towards the qualification. There is a common misunderstanding between better part-time students and lectures. For an example of such, we are expected to commit the same amount of study time within a certain timeframe as the full-time students, which is illogical sicen we also have work commitments.

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


There are certainly some modules that are irrelevant to my job role. But, they do give a new perspective to things. I wish we had a bit more hands-on experience with the University of Lincoln since so far it's been online content and PC work heavy. So it feels that I am spending most of my time in front of the PC screen.

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.)


Certainly, there is a lot of encouragement across the company to volunteering or participating in charring & networking events. Personally, I found myself volunteering a lot with the STEM Ambassadors scheme, the company strongly supports this giving me time off to prepare and conduct such events. Also, within the team the are social events ongoing, but it is a bit slower at the moment due to the restrictions in place. Bu already people planning with the team are planning next social events.

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


9b. Why?

The opportunity of professional development within the company, as well as personal development. Schneider Electric is truly interested in the development of their employees and treats them very well on this matter. There are a lot of process and schemes in place which enable you to achieve this. If you are driven this is a great place to work.

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

Be yourself and be ready to challenge. Schneider Electric has amazing goals which are deployed on a global scale. This company welcomes diversity and I experience this myself coming from a minority group. They are truly open to bold ideas and will recognise everyone who's putting in the efforts, as a result empowering for greater achievements.

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