1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role as an EE apprentice is to rework rolls royces at the plant and fix electrical faults. This works by first running various coding and diagnostics on the car and finding its problems, analysing circuit schematics then sometimes stripping the car to then fix said problem. This is essentially what the role is about. The salary may look small however it does increase yearly substantially.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Developed some serious problem solving skills due to the nature of the work. Finding solutions to problems has become much straightforward due to extensive practice and the ability to communicate with others to come to a conclusion in said problems has also become much easier for me. These skills gained can also be applied elsewhere.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
To be working on the best and most luxurious cars in the world is very exciting and always working to reach perfection is very satisfying. The plant itself is situated in west Sussex known for its tranquility. The enjoyment of working on such nice cars in a nice area (although I am part of a small demographic I have experienced not even an ounce of racial abuse at all none) is obvious. Due to my luck in the trading as of this year and my continued work, I will be acquiring a mortgage shortly this year as it is in the final stages of talks - as a first year apprentice! Not only am I currently on the car scheme I will be also a home owner. I initially started working at rolls Royce motor cars with working class parents with only some funds to my name and as apart of a smaller demographic of peoples coming from a much less well off area. Rolls Royce motor cars (bmw group) allowed me to reach my full potential and excel and all in all has brought great enjoyment to my life.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The program itself follows a set structure. This structure is specially designed by the managers so that you are able to be the best in the industry for you field by the time the course finishes. I don’t want to go into too much depth as this may be intrusive however there is various task one must learn every few months and by the end these combine to allow you to work at your full potential as a Master In your field.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Rolls Royce motorcars provide their apprentices with unprecedented support whether monetarily, physically or mental support the mangers and any work at the plant in general is happy to help. Not so long ago I had broken my arm, the managers provided with their full support going above and beyond. In terms of an employer it is clear the BMW group and Rolls Royce motor cars is unmatched in their care for employees and apprentices hence why there is such a positive atmosphere in the workplace.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
I am currently working toward a degree alongside working with Rolls Royce motorcars (bmw group). Not only are they able to provide mentoring through graduates, they are happy to support during work hours in dire circumstances. As again in terms of support the bmw group and rolls Royce motorcars is among the best.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The qualifications are essential when working on high current. The understanding of various electrical principles and mathematical principles is key in the job role. Through a degree apprenticeship experience is gained doing the job role while learning which allows for better understanding, as what you have learnt can immediately be applied in the workplace instead of waiting 2/3 years for example.
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 various events in which rolls Royce motorcars (bmw group) provide. During Christmas there were many social activists to get involved with and only due to the corona virus pandemic in person actives have had to be stopped however this is no fault of the companies and I am sure in the coming year that these will be restarted.
9a. Would you recommend BMW Group to a friend?
The bmw group offer many advantages and perks. Even though I have worked many jobs, the atmosphere in rolls Royce motorcars has been the best. I have not once been in any form of altercation infact I have not even been looked at the wrong way. Rolls Royce motor cars (bmw group) is very accepting of different cultures and not once did I feel any prejudice due to my background. Coworkers are very kind and so are all the managers. Truly a great atmosphere. This makes work all the more enjoyable. At the end of the day if an apprentice is able to go acquire a and own home and have a car when less than a year ago they were still in school is something only possible at the bmw group. Which is the reason many want to join, I am here to say it’s very possible.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BMW Group?
Working at the bmw group is about being not just an mechanical engineer or a salesman, or a computer engineer it is about being able to adapt, when applying to work for the bmw group make sure you are able to demonstrate all kinds abilities from having great speaking skills as an EE engineer or being very knowledgeable in engineering as a salesman and also being extremely knowledgeable in your own field. This is because to truly understand and stand out you must be able to think about many aspects of the workplace at once.