1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Within my apprenticeship I have been given a department within the process, mine being Roasters. On a day to day i am learning how to operate the roasters and then specailise in the department. This involves learning the Roasting department inside and out, it involves starting and shutting down of the roasters, taking samples and checking the moisyure and colour of the Roast coffee, learning the roasting components and ensure that the machinery is operating smootly.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new skills i hadnt worked in this industry before, I have learnt how to shut down and stsrt the roasters, how to take samples, the components of the roasters, emergency procedures etc.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy my programme, Ive learnt so much already in my first year and still got atleast 3 years of my apprenticeship to go. it will allow me to specialise in my department as I will have so much knowedge and experience. it allows me to learn, complete and NVQ aswell as get paid.
4. How valued do you feel by Nestle?
I feel valued by Nestle, they have given me a variety of oppourtunities, they will help anyone to better themselves. They will help me to continue to get better and continue to rise up the career path. I recieve regular recognition by a variety of people within the process department aswell as feedback from my monthly reviews from my mentor.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I have a clear path and plan set out for my apprenticeship and know where I want to go. I recieve regular training and have regualar catch ups with my line manager and mentor to assess how everythings going. We also have a college day every week to ensure we can carry out and complete our NVQ work.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I catch up with my mentor atleast once a fortnight, but I email or phone him if I need anything in the mean time. We discuss what I have been doing, going through my workbook, and how my project work is going.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I catch up with my line manager at least twice a month officially, but if we need anything or want to catch up we can speak to her at any point. She checks how we are and is in regular contact with my mentor discussing my work. We can always go for a chat at her desk or drop her an email if we need anything.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary meets my costs, it allows me to go out on a regular basis aswell as pay for my monthly bills. It also allows me to save some, as I think our salary is very good.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
We have a couple of away days with the company each year, aswell as a 3 day away weekend at Rashleighs when I first joined the company. This was to meet otyher apprentices from other Nestle factories. There has also been discussions about some apprentices going to Switzerland to the head office.
9. Would you recommend Nestle to a friend?
Its a great compnay to work for, they really look after you. They provide you with all the help and support you need, and give you many oppourtunities. My apprenticeship is very popular and gives you a chance to work within a major factory and specailise within a particular department. They are currently putting me through an NVQ, train a trainer and every day coaching. Aslong as I work hard, there are chances of me always improving and moving up the career line.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Nestle?
Before your interview make sure your prepared and researched Nestle and its background, this shows that you have took the time to prepare for the interview. It will then benefit you if you get the job as you would already have an insight within the business. And always make sure your early, shows that you have planned ahead and gives a good first impression.
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