1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am working as a HR Partner Support Apprentice. Alongside various projects, day to day I work on performance management, employee relations, compensation and talent management.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Other than expanding my knowledge of HR and the departments with in, I have also developed an understanding of the business managers that I am supporting. Attention to detail, communication are skills that I have gained which has led to me being given greater responsibility.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The team I work with are engaged in the company culture and this leads to my time being very enjoyable. I am given lots of opportunities to attend roudntable and give back events. Although I have only just started the apprenticeship course, it feels like it will be challenging and by using work examples I feel it will also be rewarding.
4. How valued do you feel by IBM?
I feel very valued by IBM. The responsibility I have been given proves this as I know the managers supporting me will trust me with stretch projects for health career development.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I have regular meetings with my Early professionals manager and my task manager to make sure I am on track to have a good career path and get the most out of the role. The scheme contains rotation across different areas of HR and the external qualification underpins a large amount of the work I am undertaking
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Although only just recently started the qualification, I feel I will get support from the training provider initially. They have offered their contact details for any questions and are willing to advise on assignments.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My task manager and early professionals manager are both very keen to know how the course is going and to help in any way they can. Whether that is finding the right projects to give me exposure or help personally with time management of work and education.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I still live at home at the moment however my salary covers savings so when the time is right, I can move out to buy my own house.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Lots of opportunities! Every week new education courses are announced, give back events are posted online for supporting the local school/colleges & community. Online courses are available via an internal website which also has links to external courses we can partake in. There are a wide variety of leisure activites across the site whether this is sport or going for a walk in our lunch break.
9a. Would you recommend IBM to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I have been with IBM since I was 18 and the company has really helped me grow personally and professionally. I have learnt a wide range of skills and have been given a lot of opportunities to take on responsibility whilst I have been here. I feel it is a flexible company and have seen cases of IBM accommodating an apprentice to meet their needs for their career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to IBM? *
Get some work experience because this is the time when you learn the essential skills IBM are looking for like Teamwork, leadership, collaboration etc. Technical knowledge can be taught but having the right attitude is the most important attribute.
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