1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job role mainly involves contributing to the design and development of the company’s signalling products for the Railway. Day to day on the job activities include assisting my senior colleagues with process tools and management, as well as designing and developing signalling systems with specialised software used internally within our company.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Over the time period of becoming an apprentice and now, I have managed to obtain many new skills and massively improved on basic skills I had before. A few of the main skills that I have picked up since joining the company include teamwork, problem solving and resilience. An existing skill that I have improved a lot is time management.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Overall I have enjoyed the apprenticeship programme I have been put on very much. The programme offers fantastic opportunities and pushes me and other new starters to do the best we can in all fields of work, which becomes much easier when surrounded with an enthusiastic hardworking team around us.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The structure of my apprenticeship programme is solid, from the topics being covered on the educational side to the work being allocated and training and opportunities offered in the workplace. I was handed a plan of what the University course would look like on a grand scale, however the workplace plan could have been slightly more detailed.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The support I have received since the day I first started has been brilliant. My senior colleagues in the work place and course leaders from the university have always made time for me when in doubt or unsure about certain pieces of work I have been asked to complete or general concerns.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
When working towards qualifications which include the likes of revising for exams or producing assignments, each module leader has made sure the sufficient learning material and resources are made available to us in aid of carrying out our studies. In addition, extra support such as emails or video calls have been provided.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
From my experience, I feel there are some modules amongst the course that help me perform better in my job role and some modules that have less impact in this. However, this is primarily because some modules are more related to the activities taken place at work, usually developing new knowledge in the qualification and implementing the basics in the workplace.
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.)
From my understanding and experience, my work offer a vast amount of extra curricular activities, however this has been much more difficult under the circumstances of the pandemic. My team will tend to organise social events every once in a while, as well as cycle to work schemes and many more which have great benefits.
9a. Would you recommend Alstom to a friend?
I would choose to refer my company to a friend because of the great number of opportunities it has to offer and most importantly because there is so much to learn. Since the company operates in such a wide industry, this provides opportunities for you to work in completely new departments with such a diverse range of job functions and great people.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Alstom?
The main tips I have to offer, which I personally wish I had known before I applied, is to do your research on the company and If you happen to know the particular area of the company you are applying to, then make sure to do your research in that field. Another important tip would be to keep your answers concise and avoid waffle.