1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I have just started my second year placement working within the support office recruitment team. My day to day role includes admin work and recruiting for entry level roles. I also help out with a lot of project work.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am going on a lot of training courses in the next month so that I have a full understanding of the systems we use and the full recruitment process. I have also completed my level 3 NVQ in customer services and am now working towards my level 4 in business and administration.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy the apprenticeship programme. Everyone I have met is really lovely and are always willing to help. The company as a whole really looks after their employees and it is a lovely environment to work in.
4. How valued do you feel by Boots?
I have been really lucky in the fact I have had brilliant line managers the whole way through my programme and they have made me feel really valued. We have a lot of different recognition schemes such as red carpet parking, scratch cards, best of the best etc. We also get to go to external awards to so that we can represent our programme.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I have found the programme to be well structured and we have always had a lot of support along the way. We received an informative induction which set us up in the right way. We have also been on an experiential and reflect and refocus session to build on our own self development. The programme lead checks in with us every quarter unless there is anything urgent that needs addressing.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We have two, 4 hour taught sessions each month and then are released for a further 8 hours over the month to use this as private study time. Our tutor is supportive and always make sure we are hitting targets.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Boots are always really supportive.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The starting salary for an apprentice is good at boots but then it doesn't really change as years go on. I feel like there needs to be some sort of yearly increase as an incentive for people to stay at Boots.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I don't really know of many events that happen outside of work but as an apprentice cohort we make the effort to socialise outside of work.
9. Would you recommend Boots to a friend?
It is great culture to get used to working life and build and develop new skills as everyone has time to help you learn.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Boots?
Be yourself and they are looking at what your personality is like and how that will fit the Boots culture.
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