1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Job title: Throughout my apprenticeship my role changed as part of the scheme working through R&D as hair and laundry design scientist in formulation and processing teams.
This involved making batches of home and personal care products, assessing their stability and quality and making improvements to the formulation and process of manufacture. I am responsible for dealing with regional contacts and ensuring the projects I am on run smoothly as a global design centre worker.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I gained a HNC in applied chemistry (distinction) and a BSc (hons) in chemistry (2.1). Through general experience and also certain training courses, I have developed communication, assertiveness, time management and presenting skills. I have learnt a huge amount about research and development in terms of product science and manufacture. I have also gained a huge amount of confidence in general through successful completion of work on projects, event management and gaining my qualifications.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Really enjoyed working in fantastic teams throughout my apprenticeship. Our company culture is all about developing and sustainability and I feel best placed now to carry on improving my career. I really enjoyed the scheme and would do it 10 times over if I had the chance. It surpassed my expectations.
4. How valued do you feel by Unilever?
Very valued. Our site leader has made efforts to make sure our apprentices are valued and that the scheme is believed in. We have won regional awards and also attended national awards for apprenticeships and I feel we are leaders in the UK in this respect. As a member of the teams I have worked in, I have always felt like a valued member of the team.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Our scheme structure is set out quite well and the support is always there in terms of academic or work based assignments and tasks. Training is implemented where needed and the progression of the scheme is well set out.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We were always supported in any way possible. The only thing we needed to do was make sure someone was aware if we were struggling. We had regular meetings to ensure we were coping with the workload
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Same as question 6a. We were always supported in any way possible. The only thing we needed to do was make sure someone was aware if we were struggling. We had regular meetings to ensure we were coping with the workload
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I travel 15 miles by car to work and getting the train to uni was very easy. The total cost of this was easily met by the salary package.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There is always plenty of extra stuff going on to get involved in like running, choir, pool clubs etc. There is also chance to attend event that visit different sites across the UK and network with employees in similar or different roles across the company for apprentices.
9a. Would you recommend Unilever to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The company values in terms of sustainability mean that personal development and career progression are always focussed on and I have always felt like Unilever is a fantastic place to build a career
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Unilever? *
Make sure you research the company. Have passion for the type of products we sell. Take care to input everything you can on the online application and do not leave any gaps. The online application is very generic so do not be put off. Do not be nervous - people at Unilever are very nice!
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