Formulation chemist at Unilever

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£15,460 monthly
Review Date:
June 2015

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


Job Title is Formulation Apprentice. I make, develop and test Unilever's Deodorants. Working in a big team and also as an individual. Working on two projects currently

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


Working on my degree. Learning how to prioritise work to my advantage and helping others when asked, but knowing when to say no if I'm too busy. Learnt to write scientific reports.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


Very enjoyable. Meeting new people interested in similar things. Learning about the subject I'm studying in real-life situations and putting it into practice. It far exceeded my expectations.

4. How valued do you feel by Unilever?


I feel like I'm needed in some cases but not all. I know that I need to build my knowledge in certain areas to become more valued on a knowledgeable scale.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


Very organised - regular catch-ups to ensure that I'm on track. Lots of support where needed but not too over-crowding.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


Line manager provides excellent support, helping me to understand where I'm needed most, what I need to do to fill these rolls and makes time to have regular catch-ups

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


Provides a lot of people around me for support and lets me know where I can go for the best advice.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


More so than expected. I have a healthy attitude towards money and so keeping on top of costs on my salary is fine.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


Yes there are. I'm a musician and a kayaker, both of these are provided in the area.

9a. Would you recommend Unilever to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

The working life doesn't seem too much like work here. There are many benefits, work-wise and socially. and there are many opportunities for advancement within your career here.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Unilever? *

Show yourself in your application. Don't make it seem like all you have is the qualifications. Unilever look for personality and a good attitude to working. They will look for someone who will fit in well with the company so don't let a dull application ruin your chances!

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