National Apprenticeship Week - Kirsty Allen, BAE Systems

What is your current job title?

Apprentice Software Developer

What is your educational background?

I completed and gained 11 GCSE’s A-C. Then went on to do my A levels in Maths, Physics, and Biology. After my A-Levels I worked full time for 3 years before starting at BAE.

Can you describe your typical day?

I am currently undertaking a lot of training so day to day I spend a large amount of time using Pluralsight and udemy to help me with that. I also spend some time shadowing members of my team (export control test team) and taking part in meetings (this varies day to day).

What has your apprentice scheme involved so far?

So far the apprenticeship scheme has involved us having a 2 day induction in Guildford, plus 3 days induction in the Leeds office. We then spend 5 weeks at a training provider in Leeds and upon our return we entered our first placement in the office.

How has BAE Systems supported you through the scheme?

BAE have supported me so far by providing great training materials to help us. We have access to pluralsight amongst other resources. We also have regular catch ups with management.

How did you hear about the BAE Systems graduate/apprentice scheme?

Indeed Jobs then I also checked the BAE website.

What drew you to BAE Systems and your apprenticeship scheme?

I was drawn to this scheme at BAE as I was aware that BAE are a huge company in this sector and I was keen to work for one of the best companies in the country in order to learn as much as I can. From the job description the scheme also sounded really good which I found attractive. I also thought that an apprenticeship scheme was the best way to get into a development role and really wanted to learn whilst on the job so this was the perfect option for me.

Where do you hope your career will go in future?

For the foreseeable future I hope to excel in the apprenticeship scheme in order to become a qualified software developer and carry on working for BAE.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I also follow the Formula One and have been to the Italian GP twice which has been a fantastic experience both times. I’ve got a 10 month old puppy so I spend a lot of my time with him, he’s adorable but super mischievous.

What’s the most interesting piece of work you’ve done in your career?

In a previous job I spent a lot of time talking to and helping what were quite often very vulnerable people, this was really interesting day to day but also entailed some difficult conversations and situations. However, I really enjoyed being able to help them as much as I could.


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