1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is the Skin Care Marketing brand building apprentice. I act as an overall team assistant. My day to day tasks involve raising Direct Orders, checking through the Careline, acting as IT champion, sending out samples for the brand team, attending meetings with the brand teams, and generally helping with admin tasks or any task that needs to be done. I have started to work more with the brand teams which is exciting. I have daily interactions with the apprentices, my team and line manager. I also have daily interactions with agencies outside of Unilever, which is great as it gives me an insight into what they do and how we work alongside them.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt skills in IT, including Powerpoint and Excel, I have attended a Sleep workshop, a LinkedIn workshop, and lots of training workshops for the systems I use in my role. I have improved in my skills massively - I can now write emails confidently, and I have learnt how to react to employees around me, make connections, and also I have learnt how to be professional. I feel as if I am learning new skills every day and building my knowledge, not just about the Business and brands, but also about the industry and how it all works. The coursework is good as it is exciting to learn new things, and having a goal to work towards is motivational.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme very much. I love coming into work as no day is ever the same. The team have welcomed me in, and I feel as if I am really starting to make connections with others around me. I have built up trust with people, and have had answers to any questions I may have had. The company culture is fun, relaxed, yet very professional and fast paced at the same time. It is better than I expected, and I am absolutely loving it here.
4. How valued do you feel by Unilever?
I feel as if the work I am doing is valued by the company. I feel that I have been recognised as the 'champion'for certain tasks, therefore people come to me. I have also been recognised outside of Unilever as a contact for samples/ Do's. I am also starting to get more involved with the brand teams' projects, which is very exciting and makes me feel more valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The induction was fantastic, it was well organised, efficient and thorough. The training given has been good, but there could potentially be more training on specific sites that I have to use. I have regular catch ups with my support officer who is always helpful. The programme itself took a while to get going, but now we have all the information I believe it all makes sense.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
There is always someone to talk to or ask questions. If you have a problem you can go to anyone and they will always get back to you. They feel happy to help and support you.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I have had a lot of support; however, I have not spent a lot of 1 on 1 time with my manager, but she is there if I have questions. There is always someone to go to, and I feel now I am more confident in asking questions and I know the right person to go to for different issues.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I drive to work, therefore spend about 35 pounds per week on Petrol. The commute is easy and enjoyable. I do not have any living costs, and the salary is enough to cover social/daily costs. It is a good salary for an apprenticeship when I think I am learning at the same time.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I have attended a TV advert shoot outside of work, I have also gone on Store visits and a home visit. I have attended the week of joy event for Walls ice cream In London. I have attended many social events, as well as company events.
9a. Would you recommend Unilever to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is an excellent company with so many opportunities to offer. The culture is enjoyable, and the apprenticeship is very well delivered. I would recommend this apprenticeship to anyone who didn't want to go to University as it is a fantastic experience and opens a lot of doors.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Unilever? *
Take your time on the application, and remember there is no wrong answer, just be yourself. On the assessment day, smile, be calm, and speak up. There is no way they can judge you unless you contribute. Do your research before going for an interview!
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