1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is R&D Local Deploy. I do nutrition and allergen information for Tea and Ice Cream. I also check off product artworks to make sure they have the right info on it and they aren't saying anything they can't for legal reasons.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt new skills as before starting here I wouldn't know how to do anything to do with the software we use because I didn't know of it. I have also developed skills on excel which is a programme I have to use on a regular basis.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the programme a lot. I have a good team who are always teaching me new things which will enable me to do more work and they are very supportive. when I started at Unilever, I didn't know what to expect but I really enjoy working here.
4. How valued do you feel by Unilever?
I do feel valued by Unilever. I have been involved with a few projects and I also have a project that I manage and is mine to look after up until the end of my apprenticeship.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
This programme has been very well structured. There has been plenty of training both for the apprenticeship itself and the actual job that I do. I get a lot of support from my team and assessors and I have enough time during the week to be able to do the apprenticeship work that is set.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive a lot of support by our training provider. There is a meeting set up every 6 or so weeks to check our progress with the apprenticeship work as well as a meeting and regular emails from the AEA which is helpful as they can see how well we are doing as well as if they think we aren't getting enough work or are doing anything they believe we should be doing differently.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My manager supports me very well. I have regular updates with her to discuss what is going on with Unilever work as well as apprenticeship work. I also sit down each week with another member of my team and she helps me with the same as what my manager does but on a more regular and easy to reach sort of way.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My pay package meets my travel costs for each month as that doesn't cost too much. Also, it covers any other costs that I might need whether that is social or other wise.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There have been a few opportunities outside of work, there have been a few events that have been set up that through Unilever that I have been to. I have also been to a training day and have had a visit to one of the factories which is a good opportunity to have.
9. Would you recommend Unilever to a friend?
I think that getting an apprenticeship at Unilever is a good experience. For people who don't have a lot of experience working in a big company you get to do that whilst gaining a qualification. Unilever is also a great place to work as you have so many opportunities to progress and grow within the company; you don't have to stay in the same job for a long period of time as there are always new opportunities popping up which you can go for.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Unilever?
When applying to Unilever, I think that you should be aware of the scale of the company and just how big it is. Also, look in to what type of job you want to do and any opportunities or experiences that you want to have during your time at Unilever.
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