1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Laboratory Technician. To conduct process control and quality analysis tests on products and report these to management. Dealing with customer questions and complaints. dealing with internal and external audits
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Have received both a BTEC and NVQ level 3 in relevant subjects. have also been first aid trained for the last 4 years and recently completed a train the trainer course. Also completed a servicing course for one of our main instruments and am the key user for it
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Was made to feel very welcome and fitted straight into a small but effective team. Work allowed me study time at work when it was available. It was exactly as I expected it to be and was a better than the experience that my friends at college were having
4. How valued do you feel by Egger?
On completion of my apprenticeship Egger put me forward as a candidate for young employee of the year award, and external prize, however I didn't win it. Any concerns I have are always taken into consideration and I'm regularly ask for my input and ideas about new systems and tests. We have yearly appraisals where it is made clear how valuable I am to the team
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
EGGER fitted work around my studies, even when my college day changed days and allowed me study while I was at work to save me doing it at home. EGGER also allowed sit visits from the NVQ coordinator and set time aside for the meetings to happen, my manager was also keen to hear regular updates on how I was doing. As a small team that work together well, we each have a fair share of the work and everyone pulls their weight. As I was learning the job I shadowed a senior member of staff that kept a close eye on me, was patient and had excellent knowledge
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
NECC organised visits every 6 weeks, but in between that, if I had questions, I could email my trainer and she would reply within a day. Trainer was friendly and enthusiastic.
My college course consisted of part time and full time students, which caused issues because sometimes information was passed on to them and not to the part time guys. But other than that there was plenty of support, even had 30 minute phone call with a lecturer about some work, and all were knowledgeable and enthusiastic
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
As I've said, Egger allowed me to study at work and accommodated any and all meetings regarding my BTEC and NVQ
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I'm fairly well paid for what I do, certainly enough for my lifestyle. I have excellent company benefits including overtime,33 days holiday, bank holiday pay and bonuses. As well as that Egger have a brilliant pension scheme and are happy to pay university fees. I currently get 20 weeks full pay if I'm off sick
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There is and EGGER runs scheme that raises money for charity, and volunteering opportunities in the local community. The charity committee organise quiz nights, and the sports and social club organise days out at the beach or example and nights at the theatre
9. Would you recommend Egger to a friend?
well paid and very secure job. Company invests in its factories a lot
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Egger?
Be keen and enthusiastic and show a desire to progress through the company. EGGER always try to promote internally first. Assessments are fairly easy and is basic maths and english
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