1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As an apprentice my day to day roles vary depending on which department I am working in. However, in each department I am responsible for ensuring that my tasks are carried out on time and to a high standard so that they are beneficial and can be used by whoever requires them.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
As part of my apprenticeship I have the opportunity to move around all of the main departments throughout the company and learn new skills that will benefit me throughout my career. As well as this I am completing my HNC business course at college and also my SVQ in Business and Administration level 3.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
So far I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as an apprentice at Selex ES as has surpassed my initial expectations. This is mainly because the work I carry out is usually varied which helps keep most tasks I do interesting.
4. How valued do you feel by Leonardo?
I feel that each department I have been involved with so far has appreciated what I have to offer and this has been shown by my involvement in tasks and also my lines manager praise for the work I have done.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
At Selex ES each apprentice has a designated placement plan which is based around which department you may join after your apprenticeship. As a result of this you receive all the necessary training and support needed to enable you to learn the skills which are required in this department.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
At college there is limited support available but this is simply due to the fact that you are only there once a week. However, if you do have any questions you can email the lecturers for their opinion and help. As part of the SVQ an assessor comes in every two weeks to make sure you are progressing through this qualification and give you help if necessary.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
In order to ensure you are given the necessary support needed to complete a task you usually shadow a fellow worker in the department who walks you through the steps of completing the task. By doing this you are given all of the support you need and if you still have any problems they are more that happy to help.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary more than helps meet my travelling and living costs leaving me with enough to either spend on other goods or save up.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
At Selex you are encouraged to take part in numerous different events and activates. During my time I have had the opportunity to take part in; our recruitment event, the annual sons and daughters to work day, the cross site forum, charity events and much more.
9. Would you recommend Leonardo to a friend?
I feel that this apprenticeship is a great opportunity to learn new skills that will further progress your career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Leonardo?
Make sure that you take time and care in each of the application processes as first impressions are important.
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