1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
In my role I followed around the technicians on the lines for the first year on site and learn skills from them. I now can work on jobs on my own and for some with someone overlooking.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt some new skills and been able to develop a lot more other skills. Namely team working and communication skills from being able to work with multiple other people. I have also developed skills for using tools and equipment too.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have some placements that are not fully relevant to my title (I understand it's learning as much as possible). Overall I am very happy with the program that I am in.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It could do with some more polish, but overall the program is ran very well. There is a lack of communications in what is going on with us.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
With the mentor there is a lot of support and I can go see him whenever I need. With my manager there could be a little more. When receiving support the attitude is very positive.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
The advisor from the college who overlooks our NVQ provides lots of support to help, at the college for the training there is not a lot of support and also a lack of some structure to it (for lvl 3 and lvl 4 qualifications).
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
For the first two years studying the lvl 3 qualifications, there was a lot more practical elements. These have been useful for certain jobs. However the lvl 4 is all theory and does not link up with what I do for my job title.
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.)
Every year there is a works walk that goes on, sadly it had to be cancelled last year, I hope to go this year or the next. We have our own gym on site too. I would like to see some more events happen with work (like sporting events).
9a. Would you recommend BMW Group to a friend?
It is an excellent way to start/boost your career as you gain a lot of knowledge along the training. There are also a lot of company benefits that come with working for them. One being a good pension scheme.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BMW Group?
You will need to be able to present a project of sorts that you have worked on or built yourself (or in a team). It is good to have done some sort of engineering before as can help you stand out more when applying. There are many opportunities in the company.