1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am in the Product Engineering Team for Oral Care. I am on two tooth whitening projects and daily tasks include manufacturing toothpaste at 10KG scale, measuring rheology of the prototypes, attending and giving updates on the progress of my samples. I am also responsible for ordering raw materials for the team.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
The main skill I have developed is my confidence. This has been through giving updates to team members, as well as giving formal presentations of my work to senior members of the organisation and liaising with suppliers.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed my programme very much. It was extremely challenging but allowed me to experience working life in 4 departments before I chose where I would like to apply for a permanent job.
4. How valued do you feel by Unilever?
I feel very valued by Unilever. I work in such a small team so have been given a lot of responsibility over the last few months which gives me the opportunity to reach my full potential.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Being the first R&D apprentices on site in over 20 years was a challenge at first, but as the first year passed we quickly settled in and were supported by colleagues and college lecturers.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The support system improved over my time on the apprenticeship as people began to understand where the apprentices fit in with the organisation. College and University staff were as helpful as they could be.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
This varied from department to department. Some managers were more understanding of the apprenticeship than others, however the apprenticeship leaders were always supporting us.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary met my costs very well as I still live at home. Being my first proper job after school, I was surprised at how much I was getting paid whilst still learning so much!
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Being in an apprentice community meant there were lots of opportunities to socialise outside of work. Work also organised away days/team building activities every year too to help us bond with colleagues.
9a. Would you recommend Unilever to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I would recommend Unilever to a friend because of the opportunities it has given me. I have been able to grow and improve in so many aspects of my life and made some amazing life long friends.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Unilever? *
The main advice I would give to someone applying for the Unilever apprenticeship would be to come and have a tour before you apply. It will allow the apprenticeship leaders to put a face to a name when looking at your application.
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