1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Finance Treasury Analyst- Complete DTRs, create payment runs for dealerships, cheque sheets, set up and amend accounts, create fixed assets and cash post sundry statements. DTRs are a dfaily task as well as pauyments to dealerships which is the most essential part of my job as well as setting up accounts for suppliers, the amount of responsability given to me is huge as I am paying large amounts of money daily and this is essential to the whole business.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am doing LV2 and LV3 in Business Administation (an NVQ), the work load is quite high but the course is very simple and I would recommend it to anyone. Most of all, the skills I have developed have been the most beneficial to me, my confidence has increased as well as my communication skills and IT skills. There are always meetings which I can attend to learn things about the company and lots of training courses to help you settle in to day to day tasks when you first start. Working in a team has really allowed me to learn new things and develop as a person from school kid to a full time working adult.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The job is brilliant, the people are great and the team involve you from the start. The working environment is very clean, new and stylish and work feels more like a home than a working environment, however the office is very professional and the managers make you feel valued by assisting you with anything you do not understand. The team that I am in are very friendly and are always willing to help, the job has exceeded my expectations and I look forward to going to work each day.
4. How valued do you feel by PSA Group?
I feel valued by my collagues who I help to do tasks when the work load for them is to much. However, I feel that maybe more feedback from my manager would allow me to feel more valued, we do meet weekly for a discussion but we are so busy its hard to discuss things in great detail. I feel like I am treated like a full time worker instead of an apprentice which is good as I feel valued, the company values the apprentices alot by letting us have a company car, this is great considering were so young.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The program is very well organised and for our NVQ work we have a specific trainer that helps us, he comes in once every six weeks and is just a phone call away if we need any gidance about the work. Our managers are very supporting and allow us to go to meetings to learn new things with no hesitation. The daily tasks are shown a few times at the start until you understand them, then you can organise them into your daily program, this allows us to learn new roles.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Our tutor is brilliant and meets us face to face every six weeks, he is extremely easy to get on with and gives us advice on what areas we are struggling with. We can email him when ever we like and he is always very quick with a helpful response. Overall, I enjoy the training program very much.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I have lots of support from my manager and HR team, they discuss areas of improvement, new ideas and guide me about problems that I am facing they will help to sort out the problem and know who to speak to in the business about queries I have.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is very good for an apprenticeship, I feel that if I lived alone in a flat I might struggle but as I live with my parents it is great as I have no financial issues with the amount of money I get paid. Travel costs and daily costs are fine. There is an on site restaurant which is brilliant the cost is a little high but for the quality of the food it would cost about 5 times more at a restaurant and I would highly recommend it.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
The company works closely to local charities and you can volunteer to help, there is a football night on a tuesday as well as quiz nights and other events throughout the year at work. The apprentices meet every quater for a meal which is nice and we have nights out with out departments which allows us to meet new people in the company, which is essential to settling in at work.
9. Would you recommend PSA Group to a friend?
It is a great company to work for, as there are lots of prospects and departments/roles you can learn from the head office building. The people are very friendly the place is very new and clean. But most of all the work and skills you learn are enjoyable and challenging which allows you to develop and hopefully it will allow myself and others to move up the company hieracy which many of the managers above us have done.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PSA Group?
Be Confident, Learn a bit about the company, do not give up if you think you have done bad in some of the tests or activites. Make yourself look professional and presentable and you have every chance of getting the job.