1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am responsible for co-ordinating the improvement of the document storage system - Qvidian.
This entails ensuring all documents are reviewed and re-written where necessary by the necessary people. As much as this may seem simple there is a lot of planning required as there are thousands of documents that need to be reviewed and they are all reviewed by a range of different offerings managers.
On a day to day basis, it is my job to communicate with the necessary people to ensure everything is ticking along as we'd expect.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a lot since working in this role; I feel my communication skills have increased greatly and I also feel a lot more confident and independent as I am not sharing my responsibilities with anyone else, meaning that it my responsibility to ensure the work is completed to a good standard.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the programme a lot, I never expected to be given such a great opportunity and I am grateful for it. I would recommend the Fujitsu apprenticeship to any school leaver as I feel it gives you the platform to progress more than any other I have seen.
4. How valued do you feel by Fujitsu?
I feel very valued by Fujitsu as they have given me opportunity after opportunity to impress and do real work that actually impacts the business. Fujitsu are trusting of their apprentices and will always give them opportunities as long as they work hard for them.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is very well organised and structured as there was a set pathway for me to take once I joined and every manager I’ve ever had has always known what was going on in terms of my current role and any future opportunities I was potentially looking into.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I have recently completed my qualification so I no longer receive support however when I was completing the apprenticeship [This section of the comment has been removed by a member of the RateMyApprenticeship Team because it did not meet our site terms and conditions] from First4Skills was always contactable and supported me as much as I required. She helped me through my qualification and worked around my schedule as she was conscious that I have a day job as well as the need to complete the qualification. As well as the expected support [This section of the comment has been removed by a member of the RateMyApprenticeship Team because it did not meet our site terms and conditions] also supported me on a personal level whenever necessary, she made it clear she cared about me as a person as well as a student as this really helped me get the work done.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a lot of support from my employer, both my current and previous managers are there for me with work related support and personal support where necessary. One of my previous managers (now retired) did not support me and made working life quite difficult however since he has moved on I have had no problems with anyone and truly appreciate the support provided to me.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I think for a school leaver the current salary we are on is very good. It is a higher salary than all other apprenticeships I’ve seen offered however I feel this is required as the work we are expected to complete is of a far higher level than all other apprenticeships I’ve looked into.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I have taken part in a number of CSR activities outside of work with Fujitsu and have enjoyed and benefitted from each and every one.
9. Would you recommend Fujitsu to a friend?
Fujitsu is a great company to work for, it is clear they care about their employees and want to help them progress as much as they can and want to. Working for a huge company like fujitsu is also really exciting as everywhere you go Fujitsu will be there. Everyone knows Fujitsu - even if they think we're a camera company!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Fujitsu?
Make the most of your experience, 2 years will fly by. Don't spend too much time 'settling in' - you want to jump right in from day one and get working on as much as possible. Make the most of your 'Apprentice' title as senior employees at Fujitsu find this exciting, you will progress much quicker as an apprentice than you will as a regular employee.
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