1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
From Monday to Friday we are based in Coventry, while here we are trained by our training provider with such skills as electrical, fitting, pneumatics. On two days a week I spend several hours working to complete my level 3 btec.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt how a pneumatic circuit works. I have developed my skills in electrical maintenance, milling and turning. I will be taught IT to improve my skills later in the year
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I am currently content with the training provided. I am, however, very eager to begin working at my company's site near where I live.
4. How valued do you feel by Amazon?
I feel like a very valued member of the company. I believe that we are all becoming more Amazonian every week.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The organisation could definitely be improved for the training, there are often certain things overlooked but a good amount of time things eventually work out. The fact that there are 2 years of BTEC for some students in 1 definitely shows that the teaching in that aspect is very rushed.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
When needed support is provided. Some lecturers are more lenient than others whereas others seem very stressed with the workload. This has become much more noticeable towards the end of the first year.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We have regular reviews which overview what we have improved on, completed, and aim to complete before the next review.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
All expenses are paid for by the company along with a very generous wage, especially for an apprentice in my first year.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
While training some apprentices have made new friends and tried some of the local sports facilities.
9. Would you recommend Amazon to a friend?
Amazon really care about their employees. Working with Amazon also has many benefits that almost everyone would have to be pleased with.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Amazon?
Be prepared for some new challenges that will develop you into a proud Amazonian. While you may find the first year mostly away from home quite challenging, you can always look forward to gaining your qualification and finally working closer to home.
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