1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work in a department which works on the assembly of test sets, cable-forms and jigs. We offer testing solutions to in-house products too.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Since my time in my final placement I've completed 2 training courses, one on ESD control and the other my certified IPC specialist course. I've learned lots of different skills, techniques and procedures Selex employ to offer the best and most reliable products. I've learned to work better in a team environment in an engineering background and also the value of quality when completing jobs.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I like my working environment, its welcoming and offers young engineers/technicians a very good route into the industry. I (like most apprentices) got to choose what department I ended up in, so the job is suited to my abilities and preferences.
4. How valued do you feel by Leonardo?
The importance of the apprentice scheme is made apparent right from the start because 'we are the future'. All the departments will include the apprentices in tasks and projects be it their final placement or 12 week placement. The apprentice manager also includes all the apprentices in as much extra activities as possible such as helping out at the science festival.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very. Right from the go we are supported through HR, apprentice managers, college and working colleagues. As a Tech/Craft Selex apprentice you have to complete a PEO in college (6 month course) covering a wide variety of engineering operations, meaning even in you knew nothing about engineering before the new apprentice intake is welcomed into Selex with a flavour of what to expect. You are supported with an assessor as well to help you complete the SVQ side to the programme.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
At college you are supported well by the tutors to get you passed the PEO and NHC/HND. In work both my line manager and assessor are there to help me through completion of my SVQ folder. They are very approachable so any problems I face I can clear it up with them straight away.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
A lot, be it from my work colleagues, other apprentices, the apprentice manager, placement supervisor and assessor. All of these show a good approachable attitude and usually will do their very best to offer you support.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
This apprentice scheme is one of the most paid ones out there, so I cant complain. It pays a competitive salary and covers all I need for the month.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, the apprentices have a lot of things going on such as nights out, football matches, charity events (such as the quiz night we had recently). Every new apprentice is getting the opportunity of getting a great job and meeting a whole new group of friends.
9. Would you recommend Leonardo to a friend?
It offers a wide verity of jobs with a good starting off salary.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Leonardo?
Have a vision prior to the interviews/assessment days, they like to see ambition and desire. Be positive when you start and try and include yourself in as much work related activities as possible, as well as apprentice activities. Enjoy yourself.
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