1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am currently in my final placement as a mechanical technician apprentice. This job entails various 3D modelling tasks of various components and assemblies, updating these components and assemblies and a lot of design work where new products are in the prototype stages.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
yes, I have just gained my SVQ level 3 internally through the company and I have also attained an HNC and am currently waiting on my results of the HND in engineering systems I have just finshed
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy working in this department because it has a large apprentice orientated work force, there are currently 2 final year apprentices, 2 time served apprentices and 2 1st or 2nd year apprentices in the department.
Also the team in which I work is extremely helpful and friendly
4. How valued do you feel by Leonardo?
Through my time as an apprentice I felt the longer I had been in the company and the more I contributed, the more I would be valued and notices, upon gaining my final placement I have achieved recognition from various managers.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The apprentice programme in selex is extremely well structures and as of September this year it will cater for more than 50 apprentices. They help us through college and internal qualifications to ensure that we get the most out of our apprenticeship scheme.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The support received from the training provider is outstanding, all through the external qualifications we sit, PEO, HNC and HND, we are given plenty of time to revise in work for tests at the discretion of our departments and due to the large amount of apprentices in years above you, there is always a helping hand that has done what you have done.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The support received from the company is outstanding, all through the external qualifications we sit, PEO, HNC and HND, we are given plenty of time to revise in work for tests at the discretion of our departments and due to the large amount of apprentices in years above you, there is always a helping hand that has done what you have done.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The pay at Selex is very competitive compared to other apprenticeship schemes however, the wages start of quite low. Saying that, as you progress through the years at the company the wages rapidly increase to a good wage come your time served as an apprentice.
Living in Edinburgh can be very expensive though so I think more needs to be done to increase the wages throughout the apprenticeship scheme.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
yes there are many opportunities to travel around, the company itself helps out at the Edinburgh science festival every year and the apprenticeship scheme is also presenting at various schools and colleges to try and promote apprenticeships in general
9. Would you recommend Leonardo to a friend?
The scheme is very competitive and the company is well known for its quality of work and the opportunities that can arise when progressing through the ranks of the company.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Leonardo?
Ensure that you have a good knowledge of the companies history before applying and also that you enjoy engineering and have a good understanding of the main engineering roles such as mechanical, electrical, software, industrial etc.
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