1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
i am a manifacturing apprentice, my day-to-day role currently involves training to make quality street. i am learning everything from the intake of ingredients to the outtake of sweets from wrapping. on a daily basis my role is to check the ingredients, complete tests (inputting the results on to the computer), starting up, running, shutting down and cleaning a required line. i have daily interaction with my shift mangaer and everyone on my shift, however at the moment i am not required to contact anyone externally. i have coursework to complete and i am required to complete tests at the end of every learning curve.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
i have learnt so many new things working on the factory floor. i have been taught about chocolate, toffee, sugar and glucose. i know why we cook the sweets how we do, and i fully understand the process. i will recieve a level 3 BTEC in food manifacturing and multiple NVQs like food hygiene and food safety. working in the factory has also taught me many things outside of my training. i feel more confident, and i have been taught how to communicate with a larger group of people than before.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
i enjoy my apprenticeship (presently), i love working on the factory floor, however i am unsure how much i will enjoy working iin the offices. i enjoy working with my coworkers, and i love learning everything they have to teach me.
4. How valued do you feel by Nestle?
i feel my current shift manager appricates me more than my old shift manager. i feel this shift manager cares how well i am doing, and makes me feel like he is interested in my apprenticeship. although sometimes my learning manager can be difficult to get along with i mostly feel he care about my training and education. my coworkers make me feel very valued and they allows tell me they have missed my presence if i am working else where. however, on a larger scale i feel as though to nestle i am just a number to match the estimated figures of apprenticeships across nestle uk.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
i feel my apprenticeship is very badly organised. i was made aware that this is the first manifacturing apprenticeship at nestle halifax so i can appreciate some lack of organisation. i do feel that my learning manager makes things up as he goes along sometimes, and that the plan for me is a tad vague. i do not always recieve the support i need from my learning manager.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
i go to college to learn about food manifacturing, and the college i attend is fantastic with supporting me. i recieve help when i ask, and i am made to feel welcome to request help. with my training in production, i was provided with a qualified experianced trainer who is extremely helpful. i have learnt so much from my production trainer and i know he supports me whne i need support.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
i know i am able to contact higher authority when it is needed, and i can access extra support from coworkers. i do feel, however, my learning manager lacks a supportive attitude sometimes. my learning manager believes i am in control of my own appenticeship, which mostly suites me fine, sometimes i require his opinion or support and i am told to organise the activity myself.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
my salary is fantastic and i earn more than enough to cover living, travel, and social costs as long as i manager my money correctly. i am aware i am rubbish at handling my money so often find myself low on funds near the end of the month, this is my own doing and NOTHING to do with the amount i am paid.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
if i felt like it i could join any social/ or fitness club i wished outside of work as my shift pattern allows that. i can complete most activities outside of work, again as my shift pattern allows such a thing. nestle halifax offer discounted gym memberships (to the local gym). the factory i work in often meet outside of work, offering amazing social events.
9. Would you recommend Nestle to a friend?
the company provides a stable working enviorment and they look after you as a worker, you are given an oppertunity to join their own workers union and you can partake in helping improve the factory. nestle provides you with a good basic pension scheme and you are able, if you wish, to upgrade to a better one.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Nestle?
the apllication process is long and grouling, but the possibilty of a job at nestle is worth it. upon answering the apllication questions be truthful, you will be surprised what qualities they are looking for. at the interview, again just be yourself, dont force a false personality as it will not pay off. working for nestle is a fantastic opperntunity and when the apprenticeship is over if you decide to move to another food manifacturer you can. netsle looks fantastic on any CV and the oppertunties from this apprenticeship are phaonominal
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