1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Firstly, my week consists of 4 days at work and 1 day at college completing my HND in Engineering Systems.
At work, my role will depend on what placement I am in. For example, if I'm in a testing department, my role will involve working with a Test Engineer in setting up the test and then carrying it out, as instructed in a test specification. However, if I'm in a Mechanical department, I will be tasked with completing drawings via the drawing software.
The departments vary from electrical & mechanical based to placements such as Industrial Engineering & Quality Assurance.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
In my first year I completed my Performing Engineering Operations at college (practical mechanical, electrical & fitting engineering tasks). At work, I've also learned how to solder and been on various training courses.
Through working through my placements, I have learned various new skills. The good thing about the apprenticeship is that there is a variety of different placements; therefore, you learn a variety of different skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the programme because the employees at Selex always get you involved. It's rare that I sit with nothing to do or see. The employees are always up for helping you out and answering questions and they are easily approachable.
As mentioned previously, as there are a variety of placements, you have a wide span of placements you could choose.
4. How valued do you feel by Leonardo?
I do feel valued working at Selex ES. The work we help out with in our placements is appreciated by the department. We are often trusted with assisting with events such as the Work Experience Programme & helping out with external events.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I feel the programme is structed well. We are at each of our placements for 3 months and then meet with our manager at the end of which to review our progress. We have pre-placement meetings and end of placement reviews with our departments as well.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Support is always available from our training provider. Any issues or problems we have with our placements or college can be raised directly, or they can be raised at our monthly apprentice meeting.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Similar to the above, help is always on offer. If there is something that I am not sure about or could do with further explanation, our department supervisors are more than happy to help us.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I can't really complain about the wage, especially compared to other employers. For being in training, I feel our wage is suitable and it increases each year (if agreed by our manager).
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are various events we can get involved in outside of work. This various from assisting at the Edinburgh Science Festival, to speaking at local schools about the apprenticeship etc.
9. Would you recommend Leonardo to a friend?
Selex ES is one of the biggest & most successful defence electronics companies, which is great to be a part of. The apprentices are treated with respect and are given worthwhile tasks. Plus, by getting to go to college on day-release means you get paid while you learn - which was one of the most attractive aspects of the apprenticeship.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Leonardo?
Show a keen willingness to learn and always improve and ask as much questions as possible!
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