HR Expertise Apprentice at Unilever

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£13,000 annually
Review Date:
13th April 2016

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


Heavy focused on Grads and Graduate schemes. Involved in Graduate learning and talent. Organise UFLP training for Grads and organise Grad recruitment schemes such as Spring Programme to fill IP/SP roles.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I've learnt many new skills from my short time at Unilever. I've organised and facilitated the Spring Programme which has improved my organisational and social skills as well as carrying out Excel training and Microsoft Office training in the future. I run the UFLP-UKI SharePoint site and this is a skill I have had to learn through training.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I really enjoy the Programme. I'm in a role that can vary from day to day. The job is also creative which I didn't think would be possible working in HR but I am able to use my initiative to create and organise.

4. How valued do you feel by Unilever?


I feel trusted in what I do. Running a SharePoint site for UFLs (Grads), their Career Sponsors and HR Leads means that I am responsible for providing them with an overview of the UFLP scheme, which makes me feel valued. My manager makes me feel valued when we're having our weekly 1-2-1 meetings where we can focus on what I have done during the week and also what needs doing. I'm currently receiving feedback from students who took part in the Spring Programme and all looks positive, it's great to have external recognition too!

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The Programme is really well organised from induction to settled in to the company. You are really well supported throughout your time here by your Line Manager, the Apprentice Employment Agency and PDS (coursework provider).We have monthly meeting with both the AEA as well as PDS to see how we are getting on with both sides of the Apprenticeship, the job side and the coursework side.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


We have a monthly meeting with PDS and AEA (separately) where we discuss how we have got on in the last month in terms of our job and the coursework side. It also gives me the opportunity to air any grievances that I may have and ask any questions that I might be unsure of in relation to my coursework. Both parties always provide really good feedback and support.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


I receive a lot of Support from my employer. In the first few weeks I had a placement student in my team act as my buddy to support me with any questions or issues I may have had, this was really beneficial in understanding things like Microsoft office which I had never used before.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


My salary does meet costs. If I was living further away and away from my parents then I don't believe that it would be manageable on this salary.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


Numerous. We have the gym at the office for leisure activities although I need to use it more! We also have numerous voluntary inititatives where we help raise money for local communities. It would be great if there was some sort of sporting team structure, a company football team for example.

9a. Would you recommend Unilever to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

I already have! The support for new joiners is superb and it is and the apprenticeship scheme offers the chance to learn new skills as well as having a real, sustained impact on teams at Unilever.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Unilever? *

Research! For the phone interview, look up Unilever's competencies. This way you can apply them to what you are speaking about to show that you can apply your day to day activities to the personalities Unilever is looking for.

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