1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
During my work experience, I took part in various roles and carried out various daily tasks. My roles included working in different departments (such as groceries, fruit and veg, technology and bakery). My role was to check items on the shelves which had a low quantity and to restock the shelves. I was also given the opportunity to work in the store room and rearrange incoming goods.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I would say that I have developed a few new skills and improved a few others. My time management has significantly improved, as I first found myself struggling at the start but towards the end I was able to complete tasks in efficient time period. I have also developed confidence when interacting with staff members. My increase in confidence meant I was able to ask for help more easily if I needed to.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed the experience very much. I was given daily goals and I was able to achieve this. I felt sense of achievement when I completed these task to a high standard. Although, the role can seem mundane at times , I still felt like I was contributing a large amount to the company. I also enjoyed working with the other workers.
4. How valued do you feel by Tesco?
I felt somewhat valued by Tesco. The store manager would give me daily encouragement and praise. I was also told how my role contributes to the overall success of the company. The working environment was positive and everyone supported one another. The store managers would work well and help the other store workers.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme was structured extremely well. It was structured in such a way which meant I was able to have slightly different roles each day. This meant I could experience new roles each day and I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge. The store manager provided me with details of what my role in the store would be, at the beginning of the process.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The training provided me some support. They gave me the important information on the role and how I would apply for the role. I was given contact details of the provider, and was told I had any queries, I should to call them. They also contacted me before the experience began to ask me if I needed any further assistance. I appreciated the support given to me.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I received a lot of support from my employer.I was told I would be given my roles and daily task by the store manager. I would meet with the manager daily and I would be given a sheet which highlighted my daily tasks. The store manager and other staff gave me support and helped me to carry out tasks.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My daily costs were low. I was given option of a daily free lunch throughout the process. This meant I saved money on foods costs. Since the store was fairly local and within walking distance, I did not need to pay for travel. My spending and costs were low throughout the process.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many opportunities outside of work. The city offer many leisure centers such as theme parks, gyms and libraries. Many of these places are available for most people of the community. I regular take part in competitive sport such as football and rugby. During my free time, I also like to spend time reading.
9. Would you recommend Tesco to a friend?
One of the reason I would recommend Tesco is because they offer a safe working environment. A safe working environment meant I could entirely focus on the daily tasks. They also offer support and extra training to staff if required. This meant I was easily able to ask for assistance when needed.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Tesco?
The advice I would give is to make sure you have all the information you require, before you apply for the role. This is vital as it'd mean you'd be more prepared for the role. I would also recommend others to asks their employers for help, if they require it. This will ensure you are less stressed during the process.
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