1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is a Commercial Expenditure Executive within the Commercial Finance team. I complete a variety of tasks from daily reports that are used to see the sales figures for Nestlé UK & Ireland through to ensuring businesses within Nestlé are audit compliant.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
When the apprenticeship finishes, I will have obtained my Certificate in CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and will be looking to become fully qualified in 3 years after the course. I have learnt many personal skills through constant interaction and developed my previous ones too.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I am massively grateful for the experience and programme I am on, as the company are International and the team I am in are diverse and hard working. The role itself passed my expectations as I am relied on by other people throughout the business and have real tasks and responsibilities.
4. How valued do you feel by Nestle?
I feel massively valued by Nestlé. There is support for anything you need and anyone is willing to talk to you about it. It doesn't have to be work related either. I also feel valued as the work I do is seen and used effectively by other people throughout the business.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I feel the structure is great, as I get to be involved in two roles whilst on the scheme, broadening my knowledge of the business. I feel the training for my CIMA has been well organised and Nestlé are comfortable for me to attend day classes to further my understanding and skills in finance.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
From my training provider, I have received adequate support. I feel that they could have been more proactive and sent out confirming emails to me with information about the course, especially as it's the first time I have done it and don't know the process. Other than that, I have no faults.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a lot of support from Nestlé and my team, as they understand I might not know everything yet and am new to a lot of things. If there is ever anything I didn't know, I only have to ask and they will answer. In addition, there are a large amount of Standard Routines for almost every process you complete.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary exceeds my expectations massively, as I am on a much higher wage when compared to average apprenticeships. When compared to University too, it's a no-brainer. Learn and earn on an apprenticeship, or learn and get a massive debt at University!
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many opportunities outside of work, be it social or volunteering events. There are sports teams that can be joined too if you ask for them. Employees here are outgoing and social, so sports teams are popular. In addition, there is a free gym at the office, making it a good social opportunity as well as a health benefit.
9a. Would you recommend Nestle to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is an amazing business that is the World's leading Food and Health Business. There are lots of opportunities in terms of work, social and volunteering. If you make it known what you want to do, then there are people that can make it happen, as long as you work your hardest and keep to your word.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Nestle? *
My advice is be yourself at all times. If you be someone else, then you are less likely to be successful, as companies in general (not just Nestlé) want to invest in you, not someone you pretend to be. I also think that asking questions and being inquisitive is a great asset as you can become interested and learn new things throughout your career. You will never know everything, and asking questions is the only way to learn new things!
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