1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My current Job title is Local Marketing Administrator. I manage/oversee all of the budget management across my team of 10 marketing associates for the Local Co-op campaigns team here at Co-op food HQ . I also manage any stock ordering across my team for marketing events, working exceptionally closely with supplier/supply chain. I regularly manage marketing campaigns for Co-op Food Store Launches. This involves creating, proofing and approving artwork, media, and experiential event plans and managing relationships with 10 external marketing agencies.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have recently completed LV 3 NVQ in business Marketing. I have also completed a 'Women in Marketing' event with a group of marketing lead women called 'Asprire' I have learnt life skills in this role such as how to adapt my behaviours according to the individual/situation I am in. I have learnt valuable time management skills and ways to organise my workload. I have learnt how to correctly proof emails and grammar as well as how to proof artwork and other marketing elements for mistakes.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed my apprenticeship as I was supported especially by Lloyd Thomas (Talent Manager) to develop and grow within my role not just as an apprentice as a valued employee of the Co-op's. I was able to study as much as I wanted within reason which I felt was particularly generous as I am in a very fast paced team. The Co-op is a very supportive company especially of apprentices, I feel very much supported by all here.
4. How valued do you feel by Co-op?
I feel increasing valued by my manager as she has started to let me progress from the tasks I usually pick up she is now intrusting me with more creative projects to manage by myself. These consist of financial trials, creative artwork creation for a specific project/cause and so on.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme was pretty flexible as I have a very busy role I was able to tailor my programme around this with full support from Lloyd Thomas mentioned earlier and also from the Co-op in general.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I received less support from Learn direct that I originally thought as my assessor was changed 3 times and the original assessor signed me up to the incorrect apprentice which took weeks to rectify. I was a little let down by Learn Direct if I am being honest.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive support in abundance from Co-op and my manager/team here. I couldn't have asked for anything more from them especially not from Lloyd who despite my finishing the course still meets with me monthly to check everything is good with me! :)
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
To be honest I was paid £11,000 a year for a year and a half and have now gone onto minimum wage. I want to ask for a review of my pay as I feel that it should be a little more for the responabilities I have in my team.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I have had several opportunities to attend charity events, awards dinners and other conference's for business socialising. These consist of the CRTG Awards and Co-op Classic Gold Event.
9a. Would you recommend Co-op to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because Co-op and this apprenticeship/opportunity has changed my career goals and life prospects! I have made friends and learned skills I will keep with me as part of me for the rest of my life. I will be eternally grateful for this role and this opportunity!!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Co-op? *
Always be confident, always stay focused and always ask for support when you need it. Always aim high and be prepared for anything especially be prepared for your interview you can never do too much research into the company you are applying to work for. TRUST ME IT HELPS!
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