1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am responsible for monitoring the non-labour and labour spend within numerous contracts. I work closely with the project manager to ensure that all aspects of the contract stay on track, including managing risks and reporting on; any current issues, the progress and spend on various contracts.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new skills including the use of risk databases and the use of Microsoft Visio and project. This has helped me not only in day to day role but with my college course also.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I very much enjoy my programme, over the past nine months I feel that my level of competency within the work I am doing has increased significantly and as a result I have taken on a greater quantity of work and the ownership within it. I think it gives us a chance to experience a wide variety of the areas of the business which helps in understanding how the sector you’re working in contributes to the business success.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
I feel very valued by BAE Systems; the pastoral care for apprentices is excellent. They have made the effort to get to know every individual on the scheme and arrange for 'catch up meetings' every three months to ensure that we have no problems or if we require any extra help or support.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme is very well structured, on the first day a schedule was given out stating what days we would attend University, what days we would be in our placements and the potential dates in mind for our Outward Bound trip. If anything changes it is communicated well in advance so other arrangements can be made.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I recieve a lot of support from my University tutors both in college time and when we are in our work placements. If we have any queries or questions within two hours of an email being sent a reply has been given. They are very supportive if you need any extra help or clarification with assignments.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a large amount of support from my employer. They have allowed me to attend meetings at various RAF bases to give me a better understanding of the work i am doing. in addition, during exam time i have been allowed to have study periods at work in-between meetings to allow me to revise for my upcoming exams.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary is generous compared to many employers in the area. My degree is funded and i gain a wage also. Also I am on a professional pay scale which means that I gain a bonus and pay rise yearly.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many opportunities outside of work including being involved with becoming a STEM ambassador, team charity walks and outward bound trips. Becoming a STEM ambassador allows you to visit many different schools and educate students on the importance of science and maths within the work place. This also helps in work as it increases your confidence in public speaking.
9. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?
BAE Systems is a fantastic employer; they provide completive wages, great pastoral care support and brilliant opportunities. The course is extremely well organised and college tutors are very supportive.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?
Ensure that you have a wide variety of extracurricular activities on your application form to show you are a well-rounded person. Also make sure that you have a maths or science A level as this greatly helps in your placement.
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