1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a Business Apprentice I have been selected to assist the business side of the organisation I work for. This means that I am taught through various on the job training and from the wealth of knowledge of my colleagues. I have had a varied apprenticeship trying my hand at Finance, Procurement, Planning and Commercial Support. I am given various different tasks and goals to achieve throughout my placements and strive to do my best. No day is the same and this keeps me interested and motivated.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have been able to attend college one day a week and I am currently working towards a HNC in Business Management. I have also received an SVQ Level 3 in Business and Administration. I have learnt a lot about how to develop and motivate myself and my fellow colleagues. Apprenticeships are there for you to be able to do on the job training. This has helped to develop my skills and make me more professional
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticeship so far. However, I do believe that improvements could be made. The apprenticeship gives you a whole view of the business giving you the opportunity to see what really gels with your personality and your skills. The only issue is that when taken on a Business apprentice is brought on for a certain function. This means that you may not get the job you enjoyed the most at the end of your apprenticeship.
4. How valued do you feel by Leonardo?
I feel valued by my colleagues. As an apprentice you are seen to be part of a community within the work that is always working hard and trying to improve the business in new and exciting ways. Apprentices are see as the future of the business.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme is very well structured. I have a strict placement plan to follow. As apprentices we are normally given opportunities to travel and to help out at charity events through the work.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We are supported throughout the apprenticeship by our training provider. Are main point of contact is the apprentice manager who is employed by our training provider. It is our Apprentice Manager who looks after our SVQs and our college work. It is our apprentice manager who we can go to if we are struggling or if we feel under pressure.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Our organisation is fantastic. The employees are fantastic they get us involved in everything and think very highly of the apprentices. As the company was built on apprentices we are thought of very highly. We work hard and are committed, this is why we are regarded so highly.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I think the apprenticeship offers a good salary. However, it hasn't increased for several years. This has left a lot of the apprentices upset with their pay packet. A lot of apprentices travel to work within my organisation I myself travel a 40 mile round trip each day perhaps these costs could be contained in the package we receive.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many opportunities outside of the work place. As an apprentice I can take part in the Edinburgh Science Fair and other charity events. We attend some schools to talk about apprenticeships and are even given the opportunity to travel with our company. I have been to Portsmouth myself on a business trip.
9. Would you recommend Leonardo to a friend?
The company is well known in the local area and is known very well internationally. This is a career for life. Personal Development Reviews are held and the chance for promotion after the apprenticeship is there alongside further education.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Leonardo?
I would say study hard at school and get the grades you need to join this apprenticeship. I left school and went to university and dropped out, got a job but wanted more. The apprenticeship has set me up for life by giving me the skills I need to develop myself and a career. Apprenticeships are a way to develop yourself and get paid at the same time.
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