1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role over the 2 years involves working in 4 different departments (6 months in each), the departments being: packaging, formulation, food science and claims. Currently I have only worked in packaging so far and my day to day role involves being in the lab and performing various tests on the packaging and also being office based and filling out test reports, approving artworks and ensuring all the correct documentation is completed for each product.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a lot of new skills as before starting a Boots I didn't know anything about what was involved in testing packaging and now I understand what materials are best to use for which product, different types of pumps that can be used and how they work, the extremely high level of testing which has to be completed for each produc and how to use different pieces of equipment in the lab.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I extremely enjoy my programme as I am constantly learning new skills each day and I feel extremely well supported by my colleagues. I feel that my programme will provide me with a full set of skills and qualifications which will tremendously help me in the future to be able to pursue my career further.
4. How valued do you feel by Boots?
I feel extremely valued at Boots as I am trusted to work on projects where the work I do towards it does make a difference and therefore my work is valued. If I have done something well then my colleagues will ensure that they tell me that I have worked well, however, also if I am struggling at a certain task then I will always have the help and support from my colleagues to ensure that I am always increasing my understanding and learning.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I feel that my programme is extremely well organised as it is structured to ensure that I spend 6 months in 4 different departments, therefore giving my a good overall view of Boots and helps me to decide which area I would like to go in to after the apprenticeship. I have regular one to ones with my manager to ensure that I always have work to do and to check that I am getting the most out of my programme as possible.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive a lot of support from my training provider as my college assessor comes in to work every 8 weeks to speak to myself and my manager about how I am getting on and to also observe me in the work place. Also, at college (once a week) we have a half an hour class with out assessor to be able to talk about any issues we may have and for her to be able to set us more week to ensure that we are constantly up-to-date with our NVQ.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a lot of support from my employee as I have a one to one every two weeks with my line manager and then a montly one to one with the science apprentice leader. This means that I always have the opportunity to bring up any queries, ask any questions and ensure that I am getting the most out of the programme as possible.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I feel that my salary is very good for my age group and it easily covers my travel costs and allows me a comfortable amount as a spendable income.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, there are many opportunities outside work as my team often take part in team building events: within my first 3 weeks of working at Boots I went White Water Rafting with my team. Also we often go out for team meals and drinks. Also, for all the apprentices (not just Science) the apprenticeship leader will often organise social events for us to get to know each other more and be able to share our experience.
9a. Would you recommend Boots to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I would definately recommend Boots to a friend as I feel that it is an extremely good company to work for as they genuinely care about their employees and go the extra mile to ensure that the employees are happy. The apprenticeship is extremely well organised and provides so many opportunities as well as the support throughout being outstanding.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Boots? *
One of the most important things when applying is to show your personality, they will not be expecting you to know much about science at Boots as it is an apprenticeship and therefore they are there to train you. However, it is so important to demonstrate a confident personality and show that you are willing to learn and have a lot of dedication and motivation.
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