1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am on the Unilever R&D apprentice scheme working in the Refreshment category as part of a project team looking into ice cream micro structure.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Recently completed my HNC Chemistry (year 1&2) and am now studying towards my BSc Chemistry (year 3 to 5). My personal and professional skills are constantly been developed through both work experience and university commitments.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I find the Unilever R&D apprentice scheme extremely enjoyable, each day is different and i'm always learning something new! I work within a close team who are all very supportive.
4. How valued do you feel by Unilever?
I feel very valued, my team are always willing to help either with work queries or university questions. I also have a 'buddy' in the chemistry department to aid my university learning when i'm unsure about something.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The program well organised with a buddy and mentoring system. A rotation program is currently being developed to enable apprentices to learn more about other parts of the Refreshment business.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I am studying part time with Greenwich University and attend university once a week. They are supportive of our flexible learning environment and always just an email away.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Unilever are very supportive of both my university study and my career development. Everyone within my team is willing to help and guide me through any questions I may have.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Our salary is competitive and increases each year dependent on performance. Unilever fully covers all our university costs, including travel and expenses.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Unilever actively supports volunteering and community projects. As an apprentice team we have participated in many challenges and fundraising events.
9a. Would you recommend Unilever to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The Unilever R&D apprentice scheme is an enjoyable way to gain work experience at the same time as studying towards your degree and earning. Everyone is very supportive and there are many opportunities open you.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Unilever? *
Remember to research Unilever beforehand and think about any interview questions that may come up. Enjoy the assessment day and ask any questions you might have!
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