Manufacture at BAE Systems

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Preston North West
Review Date
Salary
£14,000 - £15,999
Roles
Aeronautical Engineering Aerospace/Aviation Manufacturing Mechanical Engineering

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9.7/10

The Role
10.0
Organisation
9.6

Socialising

9.2

The Role

Role Description

Logistics of tool management as well as engineering (tool design)

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I have enjoyed this internship because it has been challenging, engaging and rewarding. Learned a lot and expanded upon my horizons in terms of learning how professionals conduct themselves, how to engage with colleagues and how to be a team player. I have also done some fun stuff slightly outside of my objectives such as sitting in a cockpit and getting tours of parts of the business other than where I work.

10/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

When I first arrived in the office I felt very welcomed. Day 1 was spent with the other interns of which there are around 20 and after that I went into the business unit I was assigned to, The people working with me are very nice and easy to talk to. Although I am only here for a short time I have been busy most weekends socially and played golf a number of times with colleagues.

10/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

With my managed I have had weekly progress meetings. I was given clear objectives at start of placement to adhere to, the progress of which was formally assessed at the midpoint of my placement. My manager has done a good job guiding me while leaving some room for me to do my own thing (pursue what most interested me) and really get the most out of my placement.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

At first not very busy as BAE Systems is a large company with many steps to complete to get access to the basic software required for my role. Once I had this I quickly became busy and now have meetings most days with colleagues about the work I am doing. Now it is near the end of my placement I am very busy trying to wrap everything up, but I prefer being busy so its quite good actually.

10/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Quite a lot actually. I have been left to do what I want in many regards (given guidance and objectives of course) and I don't feel limited by the fact I am an intern in what I can do and who I can talk to. I have had meetings with executives regarding my work and shared my own thoughts and ideas. I have also been able to implement new systems where I see fit as long as they are justified properly.

10/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I hope the skills I gained here can be helped in my future career. I want to start my own company one day and have learned here how many factors must be considered, and how important proper software training is for employees. I have learned how to create a value stream map and develop a plan of the future state of a business, which allows for continual improvement, something BAE Systems values.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Very friendly and everyone was open to chatting. I felt shy when I first got to the office but everyone made me feel welcome. The radio is always on which provides a good background noise, but you are allowed to put headphones in if you wish. Also its very easy to spark up a conversation if you want one!

10/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

Overall it is well organised but initially there was some trouble getting logins for people to use various software. This meant some interns such as myself didn't have the ability to do all their work in the first week or so of the placement. Since then everything has been fine and getting access to new software is surprisingly easy (just have to call the right guy).

8/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

In terms of training, I have had to do quite a bit to get access to various software. I did 3 separate trainings to get access to 3 different software packages. I also have the opportunity to do training on things like EXCEL if I want. I also needed to get quite an extensive security clearance to be allowed to do my job, which I am sure want cheap.

10/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • National Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
10/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Very appealing, There are many business streams and thus many paths to go down. BAE Systems is a well known company for treating their employees well, and it is very easy to move from one role to another. Also, its interesting to know you can never drop down a grade. So if you are a manager and you don't want to retire but you want to become a gardener, you can be moved to the gardening team and sill be paid as much as a manger...

10/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

We have a Facebook page which is used to organise socials. Also HR sets up monthly 'conferences' where we all come together and discuss the placement so we tend to reconnect then and organise a night out of bowling or something on the back of these. Also, as I mentioned, I have been golfing with my collegues 3 or 4 times already (and would go more if I could afford it) and there is a 5 aside team I was considering joining but didn't have the time.

10/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Preston is very cheap. I pay £280 a month all in for rent, heating, electricity etc .in a decent house shared with 2 other people (both nice also). Nights out are cheap too. Don't expect the clubs to be like those in London, but Weather spoons can be fun if you want it to be! Just go with a big crowed and don't make eye contact with the locals too much.

10/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Preston itself isn't that nice a city (compared to a big city like Glasgow or Manchester). If I got a full time job with BAE I would not live in Preston. I would live in Manchester or Liverpool and commute. Saying this though I have not had a bad night out here because the locals are always up for a laugh and are much friendlier than big city folk.

7/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

There is a graduate 5 aside team, as well as organised events with the 'welcome team'. This sort of thing is generally conducted by a graduate on something called a 'stretch assignment'. This means the graduate does a task outwith their normal working role. This is good as its people close to our age meaning the activities usually involve drinking :).

10/10

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