1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I was involved with the day-to-day runnings of the business. I was helping with admin, writing out score cards, helping with press releases. I was also involved with cash handing, selling programmes for the events. I helped with the presentation, laying out all of the badges for the presentation. I was in charge of keeping the competitors in line and making sure that they all came in order.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I became more confident in talking to new people. I conversed with some of the sponsors of the organisation, developing new professional relationships. I also became more confident in organising people, when I was helping keep the competitors in order for the badge presentation. It was good to see how an organisation works from the inside.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoyed it, like I mentioned in the previous question - it was good to see how an organisation works from the inside. I felt like part of the team during my time there, everyone was very welcoming and friendly. It exceeded my expectations, as I had a much more hands on role than I anticipated. I was participating in work that other employers were doing.
4. How valued do you feel by Bowls England?
I felt very valued by the whole team, they were very appreciative of my work. This is demonstrated by them inviting me back to work there again and offering to write references for future employers if I needed. The sponsors who I engaged with also gave me recognition, commenting that I did a good job and they wouldn't have known that I was on work experience.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It was well organised, I had a contract to sign and I was given a rota throughout the championships. I was always working alongside one of the experienced employers so that I could learn the most from my experience. Whenever I had a question or issue they were happy to assist me.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I was given a lot of support and guidance throughout all of my tasks. I was shown how to do something the first time, then given support the following times to ensure that I completed the tasks correctly. I felt like a valued part of the team. There was always someone to give me guidance and support.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
This is very much a similar answer to the previous question. I was given ample support and guidance by the employer. They were happy to help me and show me how to do things. They were very supporting and it was easy to access support.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I was given no financial contributions when working for the organisation. This was quite difficult as I was having to work 8 hours a day unpaid, whilst also paying for accommodation and travel. I knew I was not going to be paid when I signed up for it however, so it is not the company's fault. However, it would have been nice to have received some financial contributions as it was not at all local to home.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I was invited out on a social event with the team, this was fun and was good as I got to get to know the team better. Other than that there were no company events to attend. In the evenings I spent time with friends, some of them being fellow employees.
9a. Would you recommend Bowls England to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It was so interesting to gain a further understanding of how the organisation was run. It was enjoyable and it was very good for networking. I feel at ease to go back there in the future.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Bowls England? *
Just to be yourself and you are sure to be chosen. The team appreciate any help that they can get - so it is worth helping out. It also provides something different to go on your CV. Just bear in mind that it is unpaid, as it may be difficult otherwise.
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