1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job role is warehouse team manager which main tasks are supervising picking, intake and outload. Other daily interactions are generally report based including reporting performance in areas such as hours used in tasks and accuracy. Projects are then based off the back of these reports in the aim to improve productivity.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have attended multiple events at head office and other places that were aimed as training days in things like leadership styles. I was also involved in a mentoring scheme in which a higher manager from another depot was there to support me and answer any questions I had. The apprenticeship company also set work that explored general practises in warehousing. Most of my learning has come through formal meetings discussing absence, discipline and accidents.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The work can be very tiring due to the fast pace of short life products coming in and out of the depot. The team I work with are all welcoming and knowledgeable and the company culture is based around involving and people focus. I enjoyed my apprenticeship.
4. How valued do you feel by Gist Ltd?
All my managers have made me feel appreciated and have tried to give me as much opportunity to learn and develop. I do get thanks and recognition for my hard work and feel like a valued member of the team.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The induction was good to meet other apprentices and Gist kept this going with regular meetings where we would be taught new things as a group. First4Skills, the apprenticeship company, did assign work, but there was little interaction other than this.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
A tutor was available to advise and support, but this was sometimes a delayed process.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Management and HR were all very supportive and willing to put time into my development
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary covers the costs of my lifestyle, but I feel it could be slightly higher.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Most company events I attend are apprenticeship related. There are swimming pools and gyms in the local area which I have used in my spare time.
9. Would you recommend Gist Ltd to a friend?
Gist is always looking to get the best from it's staff and to help those who want to go further.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Gist Ltd?
Be ready to learn on the job, the most valuable lessons I have learnt are through experience.
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