Project Controller at BAE Systems

Start Date:
Preston North West
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£20,000 annually
Review Date:
June 2015

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


I am responsible for project controlling the Detailed Manufacturing element of Typhoon. This requires managing schedule, cost and quality over 4 main contacts, and managing cost on 30+ smaller contracts.

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


I have learnt lots of technical skills such as using specific toolsets and databases. I have also learnt lots of helpful tips and tricks on Microsoft Office software. I have developed lots of existing skill bases and enhanced my general understanding

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I have enjoyed the programme but I have also felt like I didn't enjoy the programme in equal measure. I think that it could be really improved but it does have some standout Unique Selling Points that other apprenticeships don't have.

4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?


I do not feel incredibly valued by BAE. I am constantly under the impression that I am very replaceable as the role I am doing does not require a great deal of talent. I also feel as though favouritism and scapegoating is an issue.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


I feel that the programme is getting more structured however I feel disorganisation and lack of structure (plus inadequate delivery) has contributed to negative opinions I have about the programme.

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


I do not feel as though I get any support from my training provider. I have been engaged in a distance learning programme and feel that they have made infrequent efforts to assist my learning and understanding on the programme. Which has lead to me struggling in some modules.

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


I feel that in some placements I received a great deal of support from my employers, however, in others this has not been a priority. On the whole though this has been a pleasing aspect of the programme.

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


The salary is fair I feel, however I feel that I am underpaid when the work and tasks that I am expected to discharge are looked at. I have often found that I am carrying out entire roles above my paygrade with no reward or recognition.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


There are some opportunities, however I feel that these are not afforded fairly to all on the programme, this is a particular concern of mine as I feel that influential exposure is unfairly concentrated on a small number of people, often for no apparent reason.

9. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?


9b. Why?

I feel that when a friend would join the errors would have been corrected and the scheme would be running appropriately. It is also a great company to work for with significant benefits to the employee.

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

I would advise people applying to not say what they think, and also to make sure their personalities can be altered according to the environment they are in, as people are often not as tolerant as they might be towards apprentices.

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