1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is IT Maintenance Analyst & Project Management Apprentice. my daily duties differ as in the PMO role each project can differ. i interact with technical teams within my organisation but also recently with external auditors and suppliers/3rd parties. I am responsible alongside two other people for maintaining the Unilever IT Infrastructure and ensuring that the estate is up to date and compliant with baseline policies.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
In my 10 month that i have been with Unilever, i have managed to gain many qualifications from Qa, BMC and Microsoft which have all helped me both in my job role and for other external activities i undertake.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy my apprenticeship programme with Unilever as i have the support and backing which i need however i am also treated exactly as anyone else in the team who aren't apprentices. It is a pleasure to come into our office which have been awarded 3 star agile certification and work in a happy and fulfilled environment alongside other happy colleagues.
4. How valued do you feel by Unilever?
I feel extremely valued by Unilever. The apprentices in Unilever are a heritage which Unilever has kept for over 100 years starting back in Port Sunlight with the original engineering and manufacturing apprentices then moving on to the 'young worker' which was an office apprentice to train and teach young school leavers in the ways of how offices and production works. i have been part of multiple promotional campaigns in order to get the word out when the business advertises apprenticeships, it gives me great pride to promote these to the future potential apprentices.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I believe that my Specific IT and Project Management apprenticeship is structured well. this could however be improved as i am in the first cohort of it and project apprentices in Unilever. i think the programme has found its feet well but could be somewhat improved in for the next iteration of apprentices.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I get a lot of support from my training provider and also by the external body which we take our foundation degree with. I study with Both the Open University and PDS UK. I believe the support from both is adequate
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a lot of support from my employer, Unilever take the time to see how i am doing and look on reflective learning and how i am doing in the team on a weekly basis. i believe this gives me enough time to speak any issues or concerns i may have for that week.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
the salary is good for my apprenticeship scheme, of course i would ask for more money however with the costs of the Open University modules and other expenses and overtime i can complete, it comes to a good salary.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Unilever make a good contribution to the community and ask for all employees to participate in community outreach programmes which we do. there is lots of opportunities to partake in work outside of work.
9a. Would you recommend Unilever to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I am happy with the apprenticeship scheme that i am in, i love working here. i enjoy myself so much and want to continue to work for Unilever after my apprenticeship programme finishes.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Unilever? *
Be confident but not cocky, research Unilever's programmes such as USLP, Project Sunlight, Food Wastages, Handwashing Programmes and other campaigns ran by Unilever. this can be re-iterated as later stages in the selection and recruitment programme.
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