1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work within the retail supply function at Boots. My first role was in the Imports team, getting stock into the country by declaring it to HMRC and ensuring we were paying to right duty. This role also involved reporting goods to and form the Republic of Ireland. My second role is in Premium Cosmetics. This ensures the right stock is in the right store at the right time.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have had the oppurtunity to attend communication, feedback and negotiation training. I also feel my confidence has grown from the trust and responibility I have been given.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I feel so proud to be a Boots apprentice. The trust and responibility I have been given has shocked me as I feel I have been treated like any other employee. I also feel so lucky to be able to get the oppurtunity to attend so many developmental workshops.
4. How valued do you feel by Boots?
I feel being on the apprenticeship programme gives yu recognition in itself. From all the recruitment events I have attend to help advertise the apprenticeship programme I have gained recognition. A large amount of people outside of work also ask about the programme to try and get themselves on it.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
All developmental oppurtunites were given to us at the beginning of the programme from Ican@boots. We also have monthly review session with the apprenticeship co-ordinator.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
As monthly review sessions are held, we are able to receive support there. I also have weekly one to ones with my line manager. The college tutor is also on the end of the phone or email to help too.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We have weekly one to one's to check in and talk about any issues.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
At 19, the salary I earn is more than I ever expected to be on.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
You can get involved with charity events, the gym at Boots and extra activities such as Badminton.
9. Would you recommend Boots to a friend?
For how much they try and develop you. Also because of the level of trust and responsibilty you are given.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Boots?
Show passion and confidence. Be yourself and justify every answer you give.