1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I do CAD (Computer Aided Drawing) on a day to day basis, this involes doing calculations adn general problem solving. I also do a lot of testing and checking of equipment that I have designed.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, i have learnt a vast amount of new skills and heavily developed already existing ones. My CAD skills have improved hugely along with my communication skills and outside the box thinking.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I relaly enjoy the program, it is always interesting and there is a lot of new stuff going on at the moment, the prokects tat we get to work on are revolutionary and this will certainly help me to improve in the long run.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
The leadership team are constantly saying that apprentice's are the future of the company due to the skills gap which is approaching fast. This is really reassuring as it makes you feel extremely valued as an employee.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is well structured, with enough flexibility built into the system to be useful however not enough so that it can be exploited. Apart from a manager change midway through our programme the management team has remained very similar and stable in comparison to when it started.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive adequate suppoort from my college, they have undergone a bit transofrmation in the last couple of years so at points it has been a bit hit and miss, but now they are certainly improving and are in a much better position then a few years ago.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Everytime i have needed some support from BAE they have provided it, usually it was just a couple of hours of time to finish some assignments in work however some of the time it was a bit more major then that.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
For the first year the salary did not meet my costs, i was working full time and for below 'classical' minimum wage. This wage was still significantly higher then the apprentice minimum wage however. That however is not a surprise due to the fact that we were in college full time in the first year. The salary since however has been rising rapidly and i can now comfortably live off of it.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes there are a significant amount of opportunities outside of work, these range from STEM activities with different local schools and business's to getting involved with a engineering institute such as ImechE.
9. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?
Primarily because it is a great company to work for, they encourage personal development and genuinly believe that apprenticeships are the future, they also foster a great work/life balance with new flexible working systems.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?
Just go for it and apply away, the application process is quite intense however the board who will decide on your application have many years of experience behind them and they will be able to pick out people who have potential even if it is not immediatly obvious. There is no harm in applying for a role, even if you dont happen to get it.
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