1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Apprentice developer, assisting developers in projects and learning new coding languages to prepare me for the future.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a lot more coding languages via experience on projects, training courses and exams. I receive a qualification at the end of the apprenticeship.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed the training courses via QA, but the assessors seem to be a bit slow and unreliable. The work environment and the people involved are all friendly and helpful.
4. How valued do you feel by Atos?
I feel that I am valued by Atos and they believe that the apprenticeship scheme is a very positive thing for them. The clients of Atos sometimes don't feel the same way.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
QA courses were structured, but everything else was not. My Line Manager wasn't even sure of what we were doing or the pay we would be receiving. He says that because we were the first apprentices, we're almost the "guinea pigs"
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The QA assessor was hardly ever available. We've been through 4 different assessors and they're all the same. The course tutors were very good, however.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There has been mixed support from the employer, with many confusions about training and pay
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Again, there has been many problems with the final amount of pay that we will be receiving at the end of the apprenticeship. We are currently trying to confirm this, but we were originally told a lot higher than what we are now being told.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
We sometimes visit schools and colleges to promote the apprenticeship scheme, but that's about it. Everything else has to be organised ourselves. The company does pay an amount towards our office's Christmas party
9. Would you recommend Atos to a friend?
Although I haven't had the best experience, they are learning from mistakes and improving for future apprentices.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Atos?
Don't state that you can't do more than your ability. They want to hire apprentices of all skill levels, whether you know 10 coding languages or none at all. That's what the training courses are for.