1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
The scheme consists of four, 6 month placements and a 1 year role. My roles in the past have included Business Excellence, Procurement, Credit Control, Compliance and Operations Controlling.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Over the duration of the placements there are lots of opportunities to develop skills through placement specific training courses you may be offered depending on your role as well as specific training days for the apprenticeship. Some of the training courses I have been on include advanced excel training, presentation clinic, Time management, Negotiating over the telephone and an introduction to export credit.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I look forward to getting up each morning and coming to work , Enough said ?
4. How valued do you feel by Siemens?
Siemens has adopted an ownership culture and encourages all employees to treat the company as if it was their own.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Siemens are always looking at ways to continuously improve the scheme and have recently re-structured the way the it is run which has been taken in a really positive way by all involved, including myself.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Once you establish a relationship with your training provider you will reap the reward as they start treating you as a person and not just a number. This takes time but once established the tutors are happy to help you out anytime, anyhow and anywhere. This for me is a key to establishing a good work life balance and couldn’t be done if it wasn’t for the training provider.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
In terms of the scheme managers they are both always their to support you in anyway they can.
In regards to placement managers, The support can vary from the manager you have and the style they adopt, however I have found that all my managers have been supportive on both a personal and professional aspects of life which I am very fortunate for.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is based on performance through placement reviews and CIMA. Additionally Siemens will provide financial support to employees who need to relocate on a permanent or temporary assignment basis.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many events that Siemens runs from partaking in the Corporate games, Charity Events, Community support fund as well as more social events like Badminton, Football and Netball for Siemens employee’s dependant on the site. Siemens encourages participation amongst employees to engage with each other where possible. There is also an annual games tournament amongst Siemens locations/Sectors which takes place internally each year which includes various sports
9a. Would you recommend Siemens to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Siemens? *
You’re not applying for a job at Siemens; you are applying for a career. If you just want a 9-5 apprenticeship and not go the extra mile this apprenticeship is not for you. However if your ambition is to climb the career ladder and willing to go the extra mile there is no better company than Siemens to work for.
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