1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I plan out maintenance tasks involving the use of printed circuit boards (PCB's), printed out the boards on an LPKF printer, then solder components into the board to produce a working device.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Plenty, I feel that everyday I am here, I am developing a new skill or working on an old one. My skills in the first few months being here were drastically different to what they are now.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I fully enjoy it, I can't see what else I could be doing at this present this can propel my career like it is now and I make each moment matter.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Could be improved, the managers here do their best to give us the best education we can get, but their budget is short so there are many tools missing that would have benefited from by having them.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
More than I asked for; the managers here try their best to impart their knowledge onto us which has helped me develop my circuit theory. They currently are short-staffed but do what they can to spread their attention to everyone who needs it.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
As before, the managers and training providers both try to make as much time for us and our learning despite that we dramatically outnumber the managers. You can see the managers pride when one of us begins to excel, yet try to provide support to those in need.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
Given my education background, I have had years of learning my trade, yet I showed no fruits of being competent at it. A few months here and I was able to exceed everything I learnt from College and actually practice my theory.
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, but many have been closed due to the pandemic. I have not taken part in any of the following so I don't know.
9a. Would you recommend AWE to a friend?
If they cannot handle the security, probably not. But if they can; AWE provides a safe space for learning, provided by qualified instructors and the promised placements in locations across site that can offer a wide array of skills to suit the engineer.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to AWE?
Be presentable and make a good first impression (the usual, I know), you may likely meet people who would make great connections for you to propel your career if you can appear as a dedicated worker. But do accept that it is not a School to play in.