1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Higher Level Java Software Development Apprentice Day to day roles include completing apprenticeship training assignments relating to ICT security, systems development and analysis, testing etc. Also involved in projects such as setting up Linux environments on virtual machines, testing software, and administration.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Learnt extensive networking, security, testing and programming skills. Also gained knowledge of IT systems analysis and design, development methodologies and project management skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Very much enjoy the training, however feel that day to day utilisation is lacking, and apprenticeship requires further development to address this.
4. How valued do you feel by Atos?
Valued in the sense of training provided, however as stated, project exposure is extremely limited.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Training is extremely well structured, with extensive support from tutors and training providers.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Great support from tutors, and needs are met when contacting training provider directly. Some confusion with regards to training at the start of the apprenticeship, however this seems to be resolving itself now.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Great communication with manager, and good support from previous apprentices and performance manager.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Currently meets costs, although not sure if the increase at the end of the apprenticeship will meet costs going forward.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Not that I am aware of - I think there is a football team.
9. Would you recommend Atos to a friend?
I feel the apprenticeship offers a great start in terms of training and general ICT experience. I do feel that the scheme needs some work to ensure that training is followed up with project exposure.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Atos?
Make use of your spare time, and be enthusiastic about your learning. If you're not willing to learn, don't bother!