1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an IM&T (Information Management & Technology) Business Trainee. This involves moving around the business and completing different placements every two to six months. I am currently in a placement with Technical Architecture. I have previously completed placements with the Nuclear Safety and Regulation Department (NSRD), the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Commercial, Project Management, the Project Management Office (PMO), Governance, Information Architecture and Business Analysis.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt lots of new technical skills, including the use of specialist software. I have also developed my existing interpersonal skills and am now much more confident and mature in my behaviours.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The enjoyment of the programme is largely dependant on which placement I am in. I have had placements that I have enjoyed thoroughly and would like to stay in and I have also had placements which I have not enjoyed because I haven't been given enough focused work or support.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
I do not believe the general staff population values the contribution of trainees. We are often given work that does not add real value to the company as we are not seen as responsible enough to manage something real.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Some aspects of the programme are well organised, such as the Six Monthly Review (SMR) process. However, we now have to organise our own placements independently which can sometimes be hard. The length of placements also differs greatly which can lead to a lack of structure.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
There is a real lack of support from Furness College. There have been several issues raised about the quality of the teaching and the behaviour of other students in the class.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I have received very good support from my Line Manager, however there has been a lack of support from my Discipline Manager, who now works off site. I feel I could talk to my Line Manager about any issues I had and would be supported through these.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary from my traineeship has allowed me to purchase my own home. I sometimes struggle with the cost of living but I am earning more than my peers of a similair age.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are lots of opportunities throughout the year to take part in Stretch Assignments as well as a strong social community among the Graduates and Trainees.
9. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?
I believe BAE Systems are a good employer who provide a fair salary and have opportunities around the globe. The Trainee scheme has allowed my to visit several different areas of the business which is an experience I have found invaluable.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?
Ensure your application has correct spelling and grammar. All applications are checked initially by a computer and any incorrect spelling or grammar will cause the application to be automatically rejected.
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