Apprentice at DSTL

Start Date:
South West
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£10,400 annually
Review Date:
June 2015

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Review Score

7.2 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


I currently am doing a level 3 apprenticeship in electromechanical engineering. Day to day work involves working with my supervisor helping with his tasks that need completing, of which gives technical support for specific projects or for the incinerator.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have so far completed my level 2 NVQ in my first two years which was worked on at MOD Boscombe Down. I have also completed training for Fire safety, Manual handling, Pedestrian forklift and Site security. I have also practiced machine work using mills and lathes whilst at Boscombe, whilst also completing a lot of filing tasks.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


The work has been very enjoyable to be involved with, as there has been a wide variety of interesting jobs to be completed, to also so a project from the beginning and see it finished has also been very satisfactory.

4. How valued do you feel by DSTL?


When completing work, you do get the feeling of value, you are praised with what you have completed and how well it has ben done. I have been involved with big tasks and projects recently and it feels good to have them completed and see them through to the end.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


Overall the organisation and structure of the programme hasnt been as well as it could of. In the first 2 years the communication between QinetiQ and DSTL was poor and we were messed about a number of times. Since being constantly at DSTL for the 3rd year the organisation has improved and structured better.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


Every other week whilst completing our NVQ level 3 we have had visits from our tutors from QinetiQ to give us support and advice on how to complete the tasks set and finish our NVQ. The support has been good as it sets out in front of us whats left to complete and timespans.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


Whilst in the 3rd year we have had a great deal of support from the employer, with any problems dealt with reasonably quick and help to advise on any issues.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


The first year was difficult with the lower salary, but when we went into the second year it was easier to meet my costs due to a pay rise.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


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9. Would you recommend DSTL to a friend?


9b. Why?

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to DSTL?

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