1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My current role is to learn of the different roles and jobs that are completed in my workplace in order to create the products. This has been done by placing me in the different areas and roles that take place in the building so that I get a large overview of what is done and the steps that are taken to mass produce the products that Schneider Electric sells.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
At Schneider Electric, I develop my skills in working with others to complete jobs and I develop new skills in the practical work that takes place in the workshop. At the college I attend, I develop my qualifications and learn new subjects related to electrical engineering.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I feel that my work is fulfilling and enjoyable as I work with others whilst creating physical products. The constant changing of roles also gives me a range of experiences that have met my expectations.
4. How valued do you feel by Schneider Electric?
While I am involved in tasks/ projects, I am given small jobs and roles due to me having little in previous experience and qualifications. Although this is understandable, I still feel less involvement than others and feel less recognition. This value is increasing overtime however.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme is well structured with meetings and objectives planned ahead of time so that I always have something to do and I am frequently supported by my peers and managers.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive a large amount of support from my manager and training provider. I have the ability to contact them at any time and they frequently visit to check on my progress and well-being.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The staff at Schneider Electric have all helped me to settle and feel comfortable in the workplace. I have the ability to contact any specific person with e-mail or phone calls if I require specific support and help.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
While the location of the college is further than other colleges in my area, it and my workplace are still accessible by car and public transport making travel costs relatively low. The costs of food are surprisingly low and all of the supplies that I require to work have been supplied for free and in great quality.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are multiple events and activities that are advertised around the building and online. Sponsorships with other businesses occur frequently with special offers and prices offered to us.
9a. Would you recommend Schneider Electric to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The company provides a complete package in their apprenticeships, allowing those that join to gain a qualification while learning practical skills in the workplace as well as when working with others or working in the offices in the building. My employers have been very friendly and supportive which has allowed me to feel comfortable and welcome.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Schneider Electric? *
Be sure to ask the company of the type of work that you will be carrying out as this is important when deciding whether to accept this apprenticeship. Also be sure to advertise your abilities in working with others as this is a large aspect of working in Schneider Electric and engineering as a whole.
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