1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Apprentice Maintenance Technician - daily tasks would be to shadow an on shift technician in order to gain experiance of breakdowns that occur on the plant. Attend daily meetings in which the plan for the day is dicussed and jobs issued. You would be given projects to carry out and this would be up to you on how you prioritise your time in order to meet the deadlines. Most of the work is hands on using tools but there is a great span for youto get into the automation side of thing.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
During the apprenticeship I attended college in order to achieve an NVQ along with a BTEC level 3 and then further this on to a foundation degree or a HNC/HND. You will be given lots of internal courses such as Pneumatics, electrical, motors & gearboxes etc.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoyed getting in to the working environment and found that the guys that I worked with were very helpful and welcoming. I found them all very easy to get on with and had a laugh with them whilst maintaining a professional safe working environment.
4. How valued do you feel by Nestle?
I feel like that if i wanted to i could have a job for life with nestle as there is plently of scope to develope and move into different roles within the company. I have recieved feedback from all levels of management and been involved in numerous projects of various scales throughout my apprenticeship. sometimes it can be hard to feel like a valued member as you move from area to area usually doing 9 months at a time however ocne i settled in a specific department i quickly felt valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
the structure has been changed since i started my apprentice and i believe that this is for the better but at the moment there are still a few kinks that need to be ironed out. in each area you are usually assigned a mentor that you will carry out the vast majority of your work with and in the 3rd & 4th years of your apprentice you will be asked to go onto shift which in my opinion is a vital stage of the developement into the role as a technician as this is where you will get the most exposure. overall the structure isnt bad but it could be better.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
the training that you are provided with on site is very good and if you put the effort in you will pick up skills that will help you greatly in becoming a compentant technician. there are many people in each area that are willing to support you in your developement or any other problems that you may have whilst at work. I really enjoyed all the training courses that were provided by Nestle.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
i found that the managers and HR team were more than happy to help with most problems related to work. we were often asked about our wellbeing and how we were finding the work in that area. During my apprenticeship i had to have a few weeks off in a row in order for a knee operation and the company were very understanding and accomadating towards this issue.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
the pay scheme at nestle is very fair and there is an increase each year as long as you meet the expectations that have been set. along with this there is a yearly factory bonus again this is dependant on you achieving your targets. it is easily accessible with good connecting roads to nearby towns and cities. the canteen on site is very reasonably priced and offers a wide veriety of food.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
i have been on a few social events with collegues from work wether this has been a christmas dinner or a celebratory curry after a shutdown period in summer where large scaled maintenance is carried out. i have also been involved with community projects such as attending schools in various areas to promote the company. a lot of people go on regular biking trips and other sporting activities
9a. Would you recommend Nestle to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
nestle have provided me with a well respected apprenticeship and good qualifications along with the potential of a job for life. the pay is relitively good and there are numerous job roles that you can apply for upon completeing the apprenticeship.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Nestle? *
the application process itself involves working as a team, showing iniative, problem solving, technical tasks where tools will be used along with questions in order for nestle to find the correct candidate. come with examples of times where you have worked as a team to overcome a problem, previous experiances of working with tools, hitting deadlines. dont be afraid to ask questions if you dont understand and remember that the whole day is an assessment.
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