1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
The job role I'm currently doing is as a pricing administrator but when I applied it was advertised as a business services coordinator (essentially the same) my daily tasks are to assist all pricing from my selected sales departments and to ensure the pricing is loaded correctly in the different systems we use to make sure the customers are receiving the correct prices. I communicate daily to all my team members. I also communicate to the customer service reps and the marketers day to day.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed many new skills such as the general business etiquette and the communication skills. I have also vastly improved my presentation skills with training from my mentor. My excel skills have also got much better.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
the work I do isn't the most exciting compared to project work etc, but I am enjoying new things and constantly improving the work I am doing and making sure it is as correct as possible. the team I work within are all very friendly and happy to help, especially at the start of my apprenticeship where I was constantly pestering them when I didn't really know anything. I manage to beat my expectations every month in regards to the SLA timings for completion of tickets.
4. How valued do you feel by 3M?
I feel like a fully functioning and valued member of my team. I have had recognition through star awards , not only from my manager but from other members of staff for completing/helping them with tasks they've needed to be completed.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The general structure in regards to 3M is very good, they support you and give you all the necessary time to complete work and my manager personally will help with any issues I have relating to the qualification or the job in hand. In regards to the qualification (QA) I believe it could structured in a much better way, so from your official start date they need to walk you through exactly what needs to be done, figure out from your job role the units you'll definitely cover and set you deadlines right from the word go, rather than leaving it 3 months before you have even started a unit properly.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I got a relative amount of support from QA, they are helpful in the sense of walking you through the specification, buts that literally it as when your working towards a unit you receive the specification and that is it.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I have received all the support I have needed throughout my apprenticeship, from my line managers and mentor. if I had ever needed assistance with anything they were there to help wherever needed even if it wasn't maybe their area of expertise.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
In respect to living costs/travel costs etc I believe for me personally there isn't an issue, the pay suffices. But for the specific job roles me and other apprentices are doing the pay is significantly less than colleagues doing exactly the same thing. obviously this would be hard to avoid and this isn't a complaint at all.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I'm playing for the 3M Football Team, which I have been for quite a few years, we also have a yearly tour abroad for this. There are quite often social events where you can get to network on a much more personal level.
9a. Would you recommend 3M to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
As I have really enjoyed it at 3M and looking forward to the future here. Great support and fun environment to work, in an office anyway
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to 3M? *
Get to know the company, be passionate and really keen to learn. they love initiative!
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