1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I design and implement structured fibre and copper data cabling within Data Centres.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned a great deal about Fibre Optics that I hadn't previously had any exposure to.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The programme in my eyes was a means to and end, it got me a career with good prospects in a prestigious firm. The programme itself I felt was lacking.
4. How valued do you feel by HSBC?
I feel suitably valued, I get involved with projects and feel a part of the team. As for being valued by HSBC as a whole.. think the company is a little too big for that.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Not very. Being the first group of apprentices to join the ranks of IT in HSBC the level of structure was minimal - I expect the errors from my intake will be rectified for future programmes.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Minimal really... The amount of resource available to assist a group of 40 was always going to cause problems. I passed the course but it could have been done alot better with more support [This section of the comment has been removed by a member of the RateMyApprenticeship Team because it did not meet our site terms and conditions]
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My line management and colleages have supported me throughout the programme and have met all their obligations with a strong supportive attitude. No complaints from me in that regard.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Relative to most apprenticeships, my current salary is well above average. Bearing in mind the minimum wage for apprentices is circa £2/3 an hour for which I was previously earning, joining this programme almost trebled my income.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many clubs and leisure groups available should you look for them.
9. Would you recommend HSBC to a friend?
The career prospects, should you prove yourself, are hard to rival elsewhere in the world.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to HSBC?
Do it. But go into it with the right attitude and a willingness to learn and get on.
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