1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a higher EPI apprentice, it is my job to see through development tasks and help with the development. I have been one two projects and I have gained invaluable knowledge.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I came into my apprenticeship with three A levels and I feel that I have improved on my knowledge in every aspect. We go on internal training courses every month and this for our competency unit of our apprenticeship.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the real-life aspect and being able to apply everything we know and collaborating with other people in my profession to produce something that can be sold or used by millions. I really enjoy applying what I learn.
4. How valued do you feel by Atos?
With out projects that we completed, they were presented to national managers and business analysts which was massively rewarding intrinsically. My line manager and performance manager have both acknowledged this achievement.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The apprenticeship consists of in office training and out of office training where we go away for a couple of weeks and learn about new and existing technologies. Everyone is very supportive and consolidating what we learnt isn't to difficult either.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We are put in direct contact with out assessor and trainers, so if we have any questions we can ask them directly and they will get back to us very quickly. We have monthly meetings scheduled with our assessor where he comes into our office and collates our coursework with us.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My line manager is always looking for opportunities to provide us with learning and experience which i am very grateful for because it is not easy to get experience in this market unless you are very good already. Our apprenticeship co-coordinator also hosts calls with us letting us know about any changes or improvements to the apprenticeship scheme.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
It accommodates me very well and helps support any social and living costs I need to cover. My employer is very good with expenses as well, so whenever I need to go on training they will cover the full cost.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are plenty of opportunities outside of work where we can meet new people and advance our skills. There are also office sports tournaments every week which is a great way to build relationships.
9. Would you recommend Atos to a friend?
It is a much better route than going to university or full time employment without training. This way you earn while you learn.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Atos?
Be confident, be friendly, and be keen. Nobody likes a know it all. The interviews and assessment days are fun and a great way to meet everyone you will be working with.
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