1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
i am a HR apprentice and i am responsible for the work experience agenda at Boots. this means i deal with day to day enquiries about work experience at Boots and i am also respnsible for the design and delivery of work inspiration, the two week programme ran in the summer. I also work with my line manager to develop new ways of improving access to work and work experience.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
yes. i have developed my communication and confidence skills as i have had to network with lots of different people around the business. i am also doing level four in business and admin so i am developing my knowledge academically about business.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
i really enjoy my programme. firstly because i enjoy my role as i have been given a lot of responsibility and i get the chance to be creative. my team are also amazing which makes a big difference. they are extremely supportive, have made me feel welcome and i get on with them really well.
4. How valued do you feel by Boots?
i do feel valued by Boots. my line manager is really supportive and gets me involved in tasks and values my opinion. i also feel valued because i have been given the responsibility to organise work inspiration which is an award winning programme. the only times when i dont feel valued is that sometimes it is hard to get colleagues to do things for me which helps me move to the next stage in my work; however i understand everyone is busy and they dont do this on purpose.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
my programme in terms of my job is very well structured. we got a good induction day and in my first week i had a lot of support from a colleague who trained me to be able to do my job effectively. i also get a lot of support from my line manager, we have regular meetings where i can ask her any questions i mighht have. i am also aware what my job role is. however the college course is not well organised. we dont have regular meetings and i dont fully understand what i should be doing.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
i dont recieve very good support from my tutor.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
i recieve a lot of support from my employer. my line manager and the rest of my team are very supportive and would support me if i needed their help.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
my salary is good. it allows me to pay for travel and monthly costs and have money to put into savings and money to spend socially.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
there arent many opportunities outside work.
9a. Would you recommend Boots to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Boots is an amazing place to work. Everyone is so supportive and friendly and really makes you feel at home. Boots offers a really good atmosphere to work in and really looks after its employees. also in support office there are often exciting pavilion events which are fun. There are also lots of different career opportunities within Boots because it is such a big business.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Boots? *
You should prepare well for your interview and assessment day to set you up in the right way and make sure you show enthusiasm and excitment for the apprenticeship programme.
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