1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Project Controller working within a R&D project of FCAS (Future Combat Air Systems). I work to support the project manager for the project. On a day to day basis this can be very varied, involving issuing project documents and liasing with our customer. It also invloves ensuring all internal reporting information is available and prepared for presentation.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt how to manage my time and organise my workload efficiently. I have learnt how to liase with a customer appropriatley and manage stakeholder expectations.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my apprenticeship due to the variety of roles offered on the scheme and the intereting variety of day to day work that is undertaken.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
I feel apprentices are made to feel very valued by the company. Many managers and senior directors started out as apprentices or graduates. So it is evident that the company values people who have been on these kind of schemes.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is well strucutured. The blend of in work learning and time at college works well to help me develop practical and theoretical knowledge.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Support from college is good but with some room for improvement. Tutors are always available to contact, but I feel sometimes that college is not as organised as it could be.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Support from our employer is excellent. Are questions and comments are always listened to. BAE is always willing to accomodate our preferences for which roles we want to have placements in.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Our salary package is excellent for people of our age / experience. It is particularly high when considering BAE is paying for our training and qualifications.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are opportunities to be involved in a numeber of schemes or groups. I am a STEM ambassador, and help promote the value of STEM subjects at schools.
9. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?
The company provides a huge scope of opportunity for development. There is a great deal of opportunity to travel and experience different business units.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?
Be confident in all interviews and communication with the business. Sell yourself, there are a significant number of applicants per place, do not be modest about your achievements and what makes you stand out. Make sure you take time to answer the questions they ask you fully and accurately. Ask them to repeat the question, or ask to come back to it later if you are unsure. This will look much better than saying you dont know an answer.
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