Apprentice Kitchen Designer at Howdens Joinery

Start Date:
luton East of England
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Intermediate Level (Level 2)
£400 annually
Review Date:
July 2015

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


Apprentice Kitchen Designer,

talk to customers about kitchens and what kind of things our company can offer, Go to customers houses and measure up the kitchen in order to do an accurate plan,

Create a 3D cad design for customer,showing there needs in pictures. create a price list and give it to the customer.

Follow up leads in your file every week trying to get a date for delivery.

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


Ive learned how to use the CAD System,K8 system and product knowledge.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy working at howdens because its a fast flowing environment. Everyone at howdens are friendly and are open to help even if they are busy.

4. How valued do you feel by Howdens Joinery?


I feel quite valued because I have certain jobs I have to complete on a day to day basis.these jobs are only done by me and they are giving me more jobs to do day by day.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


When I first started the training company was bad they didn't really get in contact with me and there was a long period I didn't hear anything at all.This was concerning and I didn't know what I had to do to be able to complete my course for example key modules. In the last 2 months I have got a new training worker and I have certain dates now when she is coming,this is a varst improvement.

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


They are not really supportive at the start,but now they are doing better.

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


I have a lot of support from the employer and everyone who works here.Everyone is always willing to teach me and show me the right way of doing things.I am confident that if I don't know something,i can ask and receive the answer straight away.

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


The money is okay but could do with it being a little higher due to having to pay for living costs.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


Outside of work the boys have football every Thursday,the invited me to it and every Thursday ive been going.

9. Would you recommend Howdens Joinery to a friend?


9b. Why?

Its a fast working environment,freindly people,easy to learn and a good trade to know.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Howdens Joinery?

Always be confident because otherwise you wont be able to speak to customers, On an interview always come smartly dressed,make sure you wear a TIE.

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