Engineering Apprentice at Nestle

Start Date:
2014
Location:
Sudbury
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Salary:
£13,000 annually
Review Date:
8th January 2016

Review Score

6.0/10

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

6/10

I get moved around to different departments within engineering every few months. But I mainly help with daily maintenance of the machines, assist on breakdowns if/when they occur.

I also get given small project tasks to work on. Such as; I had to create a cover for the outside terminal boxes due to the wires being put in through the top, rather than the side. I've had to create brackets to hold transformers and more!

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

9/10

I've learnt many new skills throughout my apprenticeship such as; Manual handling, how to lift objects correctly. Welding, I've learn to MIG, plastic, stick, TIG weld. Grinding/cutting, I've learnt how to use a hand grinder Lathe, I've learnt how to use a lathe to create parts for machine I've learnt how to ask for help from my peers when I am confused on what to do, and I've learnt how to work as a team with lots of people.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

4/10

I enjoy my programme a lot, because the people I work with are great fun and have lots of knowledge which they are proud to teach! The company is good to work with, but they can take awhile to come back to you if their are any issues.

4. How valued do you feel by Nestle?

5/10

I feel partially valued. Me and the other apprentices here do get forgotten about sometimes, but when we ask for training/help they do listen.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

4/10

It took a while for them to structure our time here, but it's starting to improve. We have weekly meetings to talk about what's happened and if we feel we need any help and/or training. and there is a planner on the wall where we place where we are at with our learning.

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

9/10

I get a lot of support from my training provider, they come in every month for a catch up and talk and they mark/give out work for me to complete. If I have any issues/concerns they are more than willing to help improve my time at my work.

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

8/10

I receive some support. I had 6 months off due to depression and they were constantly in contact to ask how I'm getting on. when I returned, I had meetings with my managers to catch up with how my return is coming along, and anything they can do to help.

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

8/10

My salary is just the right amount. since starting my apprenticeship I have managed to almost live on my own pay (only requiring my mother to pay for food/house bills) but I can pay for my own travel, daily costs etc.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

1/10

I haven't been informed of many opportunities outside of work.

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

Yes

9b. Why? *

I would recommended purely because apprenticeships are a great experience.

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

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