1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Job title: Business Apprentice Daily tasks: various learning and development tasks, coordination, working within a team, opportunities to deal with customers internally and externally, opportunities to get involved with various projects (if required)
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Qualifications: Level 3 Business Administration Diploma, 1st Class BA Hons Degree in Management (all paid for by the organisation) Internal & External Training Course: Yellow Belt, Green Belt, Induction Training, Health and Safety Training, Simulated Working Environment Training, Soft Skill Courses Learnt new skills & developed existing skills: Increased confidence, improved presentation skills, improved time management ability, improved customer service abilities, developed a good foundational understanding of the organisation.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The organisation at the time was going through a number of changes, which did have a small impact on the scheme. However, this is normal for any organisation and allowed me to adapt to this type of environment which was hugely beneficial for my future career progression. Regardless of this, Caterpillar is a great organisation to work for. I didn't know what to expect from the scheme, but I enjoyed the experience and without having the opportunities I did throughout the scheme, I wouldn't be where I am today. Work-based learning is a great way to learn - it takes time but is well worth the hard work and dedication you put in.
4. How valued do you feel by Caterpillar?
Caterpillar has various forms of recognition programmes and if you work hard you do get recognised for that hard work. Everyone is so supportive of you whilst on the scheme, because they recognise that it is their role is to coach and guide you. If there has ever been any concerns, as with any organisation, these are always resolved through the right channels. I'd recommend this Apprenticeship and the organisation to all.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Induction: Great induction - interesting and of value add. Training: The business recognised our Level 3 was too easy so they fast tracked us, we then went on to do a degree, which was very challenging and of value. Support: Based on the level of qualification, it was made clear to me what the business expected. Upon asking for support, I was always given it. Studying: I was lucky enough to be supported with one study day per week. My Manager was very supportive. Mentoring system is available.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The training provider at the time wasn't hugely supportive. More of the support I received came from the Business and the Business influencing the college / university to support. Nevertheless, I didn't allow that to stand in my way in achieving my goal and the expectations of the Business. I didn't enjoy my University experience due to the training provider, however I learnt a huge amount about myself and my capabilities which helped to increase my confidence. Caterpillar were a great support and always take on feedback to improve their schemes.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
As much support as required but depending on the level depends on the expectations. My Manager was very supportive, and if I asked for support I would always receive it.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary was very good from an Apprenticeship perspective, plus all the benefits that come being an employee of Caterpillar: Caterpillar advantage, pension, shares. Also, the business paid for two qualifications for me which would approximately have between £10,000 and £15,000.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Lots of volunteering opportunities, lots of groups you can get involved with internally.
9. Would you recommend Caterpillar to a friend?
Great career prospects, great organisation that has a meaning, exciting industry to be apart of, lots of opportunities potentially available. Like a small town, has various job roles, opportunities to change career paths, learn, travel, live aboard. Potential for further development.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Caterpillar?
Ensure you do your research of the organisation and have a foundational understanding of what we do. Present yourself professionally and within our values at all times. Be open minded and willing to learn.
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