1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I split my time 50/50, 50% of my time is spent on admin work such as invoicing, purchase orders, change admin, reports etc. The other 50% of my time is spent on project planning for a large account using tools such as MSP. Other responsibilities include mentoring younger apprentices, updating organisation charts,writing blog posts for the Deputy PM Opening Doors website and covering staff when needed. Overall i am fairly happy with my work on a daily basis as it can be quite varied and different to keep me on my toes.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt such a huge amount it is hard to put it all down. In regards to qualifications I will complete a BTEC/NVQ level 3 in business and administration by December this year. I have also been on various internal training courses such as fundamentals of planning, risk and commercial. I have developed a lot of my skills in regards to Microsoft Office such as excel and how I can present my work. I have also learnt a lot with internal systems, about the company and what makes a good company! I have learnt a lot in communication, this could be anything from organising meetings and emailing to teleconferences or talking in person.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I love the fast pace environment as well as the large amount of responsibility given to you. I am treated as one of the team and I really enjoy working as part of the team which makes it a supportive environment. The whole experience has exceeded my expectations in every way, I love working in such a big company which provides me with a huge amount of opportunity and everything extra Fujitsu does. One example is the amount of charity work Fujitsu do which gets everyone involved.
4. How valued do you feel by Fujitsu?
I have recieved praise from my manager and colleagues as well as senior people in the company. When writing the blog updates for the Deputy PM Opening Doors website this enabled me to be recognised as something I am doing externally for myself as well as Fujistu. I am involved with as much work as possible and I am never afraid to ask if I have a problem. Compared to what i have heard from similar companies, i would like to think that Fujitsu is leading in this area with apprentices and valuing them in the company.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The induction and training was well organised, I am provided with a huge amount of support which is great. I found out what I wanted to do in the company fairly early on so this programme worked great for me. I was able to explore and see different Fujitsu sites as well as some of the work people do at the begining however there was no set structure for all apprentices which i think needs to be improved on greatly. I would definitely like to see this change for any future apprentices coming into Fujitsu.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I recieve brilliant support from my training provider, I didn't at first however when there was a new training provider they provided all the support needed, I was always able to get in contact with them and ask questions. The work was also set in advance which gave me time to plan and prepare. From where i started out with the amount of support i used to get to what i get now has improved drastically. I would overall say that they're doing a good job at the moment but there is still room for improvements.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My manager has been extremely supportive in all aspects of my work. When ever I have a problem she is always easy to get hold of and happy to help. She would provide me with guidance and show me how to do the work so I know for future reference. I have had a few minor problems with communications and knowing when some of my supervisors will be away/on holiday however we now have a rota in our local amenities room letting staff know when each supervisor will be away from work.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
If I have to travel and stay somewhere away from my contracted location I can recover the costs from the company through the expenses system. I currently live with my parents so my living costs are very cheap! I hope to save up more and more money as i progress even further through the company as i eventually want to move out and either rent a flat in the local area or put a deposit down on a house. I am very happy with my wages especially compared to what i initially thought i would be getting during my apprenticeship.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a lot of opportunities and company events that take place. One of my favourite experiences would be taking part in Children in Need where Fujitsu opened a couple of its sites to become a call centre. It was a great experience and one I won't forget. There is a lot going on in the local comunnity especially with the schools and a club which does quiz nights, fitness classes and a lot more! I feel like the company should organise a few more things for employees to get involved in but the local community definitely has a lot to offer!
9a. Would you recommend Fujitsu to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I love it! Its a fantastic company to work for, providing a huge amount of opportunity if you want it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is thinking of applying to get onto an apprenticeship course. I think that working whilst still getting education is the way forward; it stops young people from having ridiculous student fees from university and you can ultimately earn money and work experience at the same time as getting your education/degree!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Fujitsu? *
Research the company and get up to date with the products/services the company has to offer. Enjoy the process and even if you are unsuccessful, try to learn something or take something from the interview experience. If you are lucky enough to have an interview, act yourself, dress smartly, ensure to try act confident within yourself but not arrogant. The apprenticeship is what you make of it. Let them know how valuable the apprenticeship would be for you and why you would make the most of it.
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