1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I don't really have a set role in my job. I just get whatever needs to be done. I do do some projects whenever there's continuous improvement to be done.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
i've learnt how to use visio, some pacesetter skills, learning about some of the proccesses we do and have been trained on it.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really haven't enjoyed it at all from the first moment i joined. it has been very unhinged and my team and job keeps changing. also, there is very from what i feel limited support on the fast track and on the finance side in my opinion.
4. How valued do you feel by Civil Service?
i do get appreciation from my manager, but in all with all the changes i don't feel that valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
the programme was so unorganized and even now it still is. i wasn't told where i was working or when i was starting until the friday before i started on the monday, no it for a month. Now, all these events are set up last minute, which means for myself and the other two apprentices here cannot go because of travel arrangements etc.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
i feel that we don't receive any support from our training provider. They just leave us be for months, rarely answer some emails that we send and there is no help for those struggling.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
my manager is very supportive with the scheme, allowing myself to have my half a day a week off.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
the pay is great compared to those who are on a normal apprenticeship scheme.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
we have some activities that are corporate based, but locally there isn't as my office is in the middle of no where and all the events/mini talks happen in london.
9. Would you recommend Civil Service to a friend?
it's been a disappointment from the start and i wouldn't want anyone to go through the huge amount of stress there is on those in the finance scheme.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Civil Service?
i would say go in with an open mind to the assessment day, and also read up on what you've written as they will ask you about your competencies for further details.
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