We offer both three month and Year-in Industry Placement opportunities in a variety of departments around the business including Engineering, Marketing, Business Capture and Program Management.
- Robyn Lacey - Undergraduate Placement Student (Marketing, 2018-19)
My name is Robyn Lacey and I’m just over a month into my undergraduate marketing placement at L3. I’m originally from West Sussex but for the last two years I have been studying Business and Management at Bath Spa University.
As my course covers a wider spectrum of business, I only broadly studied marketing within my second year of study. Because of this, one of my biggest worries was that this would hinder my ability to understand the job and that I wouldn’t be able to complete tasks to the required standard. However, the team were very welcoming and constantly encourage me to ask questions which made me feel a lot more comfortable and I soon realised this would not be an issue.
A big part of my job is managing the social media channels for both B2C and B2B where I help to create the content, post it, and respond to the enquiries. I’m also enjoying being involved in other digital marketing tasks such as compiling emails, editing and posting content on our website through the CMS, and creating events through Eventbrite. I am particularly interested in getting involved with the events side of marketing and I am looking forward to helping out on the upcoming Future Pilots event we are holding here in Crawley.
Something I really like about the role is that I am given the opportunity to dip my toes into all the different areas of marketing and can get involved in all sorts of projects with all members of the team. L3 is a really collaborative company with all departments crossing over and working together. My ideas and opinions are listened to and I really feel like an equal part of the team.
In my first week I thought I would never understand the aviation industry and felt really out of my depth, but even a month in I feel like I’ve learnt so much and had a lot of support that I am able to answer the questions I was previously asking.
Although I’m disappointed I won’t be returning to University this year with most of my friends, I can already see how valuable and enjoyable the year ahead is going to be.
- Alex Smith - Industrial Student Placement (Business Capture, 2017-18)
My name is Alex Smith and I am currently enrolled at Bournemouth University studying Business Studies. Currently on a year’s industrial placement; I work within market solutions located in the business capture team.
After finding this role on a placement careers site, and after speaking to a friend in the industry, I was informed that L3 is a great company to work for and I should go for it! My research and personal experience at the interview only further corroborated my initial feeling, and the last two months have consolidated fully that L3 is a good employer, with a strong drive for success.
Having studied for two years prior to my role at L3, I have a good understanding of different industry styles and theories. To be able to compare what I’ve learnt at Bournemouth, with real life business practices has been invaluable to my professional development. Having been here for nearly two months, I have worked on a variety of different things in various areas of the business. So far, I have most enjoyed getting involved with the bid process, and personally handling bids allowing me to quickly gain an understanding of the process. I am thoroughly enjoying what I am doing with the content of my days being so varied, I feel a large growth of both my technical and operational knowledge.
After my placement has finished I will return to Bournemouth to complete my degree, with potentially a further academic year to study and achieve a masters in a business related subject. Post-university, I will be searching for a graduate scheme where I can continue my career. After learning L3’s vision, the type of company it is and what it has to offer to an individual in my position, I hope that the relationship between L3 and I will exceed the 12 month placement.
- Olivia Howlett - Undergraduate Placement Student (Marketing, 2017-18)
My name is Olivia Howlett and I am two months in to my industrial marketing placement at L3 CTS in Crawley. Originally I am from Suffolk but am currently taking a year out from my real home – Newcastle University, where I study BSc Marketing.
Although I am gutted that I won’t be graduating with a lot of my friends this year, I have been surrounded with a really great team who have made me feel very welcome, so actually I don’t mind so much! Being the first marketing placement student that L3 CTS have had means I’ve had the ability to tailor my placement to my interests – from getting involved with Press Releases to helping quantify the ROI of events to social community management.
Aside from these projects the marketing team set me I have been heavily involved in digital marketing. I’ve created the first drafts for our monthly social calendars, I love seeing people react to the content that I’ve helped create. However, my favourite project so far has been helping set up our monthly guest blog on the L3 Airline Academy website, although I may be only an intermediary, I am helping our current cadets communicate with potentially future cadets! Using google analytics I’ve worked out how to see if people head over to our course sign up pages directly after having read a blog!
Although I really enjoy B2C marketing, I am really lucky to still be involved in our B2B marketing too. I don’t think there’s many placement students that can say they get to market products on a global worth millions and millions of pounds – especially not ones as cool as our Full Flight Simulators!
L3 CTS definitely have a pro-graduate culture, I’ve sat in talks from the future CEO of our parent company – L3 Technologies, and listened to him say that we need to recruit more from universities as even though graduates are less experienced, they are also fresh thinkers. A lot of my ideas have been listened to and everyone is prepared to go above and beyond to make the best ones happen. Innovation really excites me and L3 as a whole, so watch this (aero)space!
From speaking to my colleagues, once you get into the aviation industry people don’t really leave. Not because they can’t, but because they don’t want to – and I’ve definitely caught the bug. If you’d have asked me where I expected to be working after I graduate, I don’t think I would have ever said the aerospace sector, but this is where it’s happening at the moment! So hopefully, once I finish my placement year, I’ll be back very soon.
- Angus Watson - 3 month placement (Electrical Engineering, 2017)
I have just started my third and final year of a BEng honours degree course in Electronic and Communications Engineering at the University of Kent in Canterbury. I had spent the summer at L3 Commercial Training Solutions in the Electrical Engineering Department in Crawley gaining invaluable experience in an industrial workplace. Having spent several weeks in the Test Department the previous summer, helping to commission full flight simulators, this was a great opportunity to understand the design process and use the tools in creating the designs.
During the first week of my placement, I was given training in the Capital electrical design CAD tool. I was then allocated to a senior engineer who was working on the electrical design for a major simulator upgrade in the field. The tasks he gave me included the packaging and wiring of electro-mechanical assemblies and cable design. I also spent some time on the shop floor where the cockpit modules are commissioned supporting one of the other electrical design engineers. Finally, I was given an insight into the PCB design tool L3 use and conducted an analysis of the usage of certain PCBs to help determine the best way to overcome some obsolescence problems.
The Team Leader for the Electrical Engineering Department met with me regularly to check my progress and to make sure that I was aware of the of the various processes used in the department and how work is managed. For example, I was given a specific work package, together with a budget. Even though I was on a short term placement, I was included in the Professional Development Scheme meetings for graduates and apprentices. This, along with all of the experience I gained, has given much more meaning to my degree course, helping me to appreciate how the theoretical work I am being taught can be applied in the workplace.
I am very grateful to L3 CTS for this opportunity and would like to thank all of the people I worked with who were all very supportive and happy to take time to explain all that I needed to know.
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