1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role involves learning how to be a Project Controller, a key part of the Project Team Structure. Four days a week are spent in year long placements across the business, with one day a week dedicated to training provided by an external college. At the end of the programme, learners graduate with a BSc in Project Management.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned and developed more skills than I ever thought possible. The programme has provided a good introduction to the skills needed to run successful projects and has also helped me to build my personal ‘soft’ skills
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I greatly enjoy my programme; I have had many good experiences and look forward to future opportunities. There have been minor teething troubles, but I have enjoyed being among the first year group trained in Project Control by BAE, trailblazing a path for future years to follow.
4. How valued do you feel by BAE Systems?
Right from day one, BAE have always explained why they need to train us and our value to the business. This is reflected in the opportunities and support provided to us.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is fairly well structured; however some parts could be improved. As the first year to undertake this programme, I expect that our experience will inform the future development of the programme.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The training provider supplies good support, far better than the support I received when completing my previous university degree. The training provider have attempted to move towards a more university style of teaching during the past year, I feel that this is a mistake as it involves less support.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The Early Careers team proved fantastic support to learners. The support they provide is above and beyond the requirements of their job role.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is very good and allows me to complete an apprenticeship despite being closer to 30 than 20 and not living at home. Other benefits provided by the company are good.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Working here has allowed me to become involved in many extra-curricular activities outside of work. BAE have paid for learners to visit sites and events across the UK, which has greatly aided in our development and motivation.
9. Would you recommend BAE Systems to a friend?
BAE do not discriminate against learners who are over the age of 19, allowing people like myself who took the wrong course at 18 to retrain and become trusted members of the team. BAE provides fantastic support to its learners and the opportunities reflect the rhetoric.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BAE Systems?
Be prepared to work hard, but don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Mistakes are accepted and learning from them encouraged. Be open with your team members and managers, even about your weaknesses. Working for BAE is not about being perfect, it is about being prepared to improve yourself.
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