1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a level 3 Business Administration apprentice. My daily tasks include...Collecting and sorting through paperwork from deliveries which have arrived at the plant, I then go through each document and book the material into stock using an internal SAP systems. I also use a transaction in SAP to look up the daily production from the day before and add it to the production chart. After the consumptions from the previous day have been posted I check the stock levels and add them to a table on the office noticeboard. Currently I am learning how to plan the Schelling saw line and the process of ordering sample material for customers.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt several new skills from the apprenticeship through new software and tasks I have been given. I have also completed some courses which have been useful, including health and safety. My communication skills have improved since I began the apprenticeship as I liaise with different people every day. My computer skills have also improved due to the nature of the apprenticeship and the frequent use of excel and SAP.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my job in production planning, it is a small team but everyone is very friendly and welcomed me from my first day. The apprenticeship is slightly different compared to what I expected, it’s not what I thought it would be however it is better than I expected. As an apprentice position, I didn’t expect to be given much responsibility within the department. However I have my own jobs and responsibilities whilst I learn other people’s job roles, alongside completing college work.
4. How valued do you feel by Egger?
I feel very valued from Egger. I receive constant support from my colleagues and manager, if I have any questions or concerns there is always someone who is willing to help. Egger have several employee benefits which makes you feel appreciated by the company for your efforts. They are a great company to work for, paying significantly higher than the national minimum wage for apprentices which is a great bonus as you are treated as an equal to other employees.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I spent the first week of my apprenticeship doing an induction with all of the other apprentices and undergraduate students. We learnt all about Egger and its history. I have help from colleagues and my manager if I am struggling with any of the coursework questions. The programme is very well organised and there is a plan in place for the apprentices and their training.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I have meetings with my college tutor once a month or so. We go through what I have done and then she sets up the next part of the coursework. At this meeting I can ask any question about the course. I also have her phone number and email if I need any assistance in-between meetings.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive great support from my colleagues and my manager. If I have any queries, I can openly ask my manager. All of my colleagues are willing to help with any difficulties I may have or any questions about jobs I have been asked to complete. If I have any concerns at work, the HR department are available to talk to. There is also an occupational health nurse onsite if you have any private issues.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Egger pay higher than most employers and much higher than the national minimum wage for apprentices. It meets all of my living, travel, social and daily costs. As I live local to Egger I do not need to travel far to get to work which is a bonus. The wage I get is great as an apprentice and would not be found in many other Business Administration apprentice schemes.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many extra-curricular activities to take part in outside of work. At Egger they have a charity committee. They also have active clubs like running. Employees take part in the Great North Run and are supported by Egger. Any events outside of work, within the community are posted on the online system and on notice boards so all staff have access. I go to the gym when I am not at work, as part of Egger's employee benefit scheme you get discount on some leisure facilities.
9. Would you recommend Egger to a friend?
Egger are a really good employer, with lots of opportunities to progress. There is always room to improve and work your way up the ladder. They have great employee benefits, which are very useful. The apprenticeship schemes at Egger are one of the best and I would highly recommend it. It is a very enjoyable job with great prospects.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Egger?
The application process is tricky, but it is important to really try as your written statement is looked at and it may be a decider of whether you get shortlisted for interviews. Make sure your grammar is correct and get someone else to check through your application before sending it. Prior to the interview, make sure you practice general interview questions. Most importantly., make sure you are knowledgeable on the company and there other plants across the globe as they will ask you what you know about the company. It is a great advantage if you have done extensive research on Egger and it will be recognised.
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