1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Whilst on my work experience placement at savers i was interacting with customers and helping deal with their problems, i was cleaning parts of the store as well as stocking different areas of the store and learning to work on the till too. My work changed daily.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt how to work on a till as I have never worked in a shop before and this is something i really wanted to do. I have also learnt about taking care of customers and knowing how to have the right attitude. Other than this my people skills have improved too.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I quite enjoyed my programme as it was insightful and informative. I wanted to see if savers or another shop-type job was right for me so i applied for work experience with my local Savers. I was helped by the staff and the environment was friendly and welcoming too which made it more enjoyable
4. How valued do you feel by Savers?
At the moment not very valued however i am grateful they took me on for the placement. As it was unpaid experience work i think they wanted to make the most of me being there and convince me to apply for a job in the future (if they liked the work i did and my attitude).
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It was fairly organised however most days my supervisor asked different employees to help me out if they were not really busy. A set plan was not in place but they also wanted to know where i preferred to work and what i wanted to get out of the placement mainly instead of just instructing me what to do.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I received a good amount of support from them which i cannot fault. The employees who trained me and helped me develop new skills or improve existing skills were friendly and spoke to me on an informal basis too which made me more confortable and open to them to ask questions.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer/main supervisor always asked how i was getting on and if i enjoyed my work. they also asked hat my future career prospects were like too. They mentioned that the work experience is good to mention if i ever apply for a job at the store or a different savers store.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
i was not paid for this experience so i can't really comment much on this. I have seen online about different pay packages and jobs that savers offer and the wage seems reasonable albeit not one i'd really want to be on when trying to save for a mortgage.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There seems to be a lot of conversations where i worked at about local clubs and activities going on in my town. There were a few posters up at the entrance of the store informing both staff and customers about events in the area etc which i thought was helpful.
9. Would you recommend Savers to a friend?
I think savers was a good choice for me to see what it was like working in that sort of shop environment. I think the work experience helps in developing skills needed in a shop and also it's something to be mentioned whenever applying for a job too. The staff were nice and friendly too.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Savers?
I would say to just wing it and go to your local store, show willingness and ask if they can offer the experience placement. I think you should print some leaflets out about the company and get an understanding for the work there and how the company runs/works too. Be yourself and present yourself well too.
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