1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role as a seller allows me the opportunity to work closely with every area of the business, from the sourcing of products to landing promotions in our stores. I dive deeper into what our customers want and deliver help to deliver it and improve the public’s perception of Tesco.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
My office skills have developed drastically as well as my knowledge of the commercial function, the internal training is the highest quality I have experienced and Tesco is really dedicated to my personal development and ambitions. I have also learned how to manage my time & the importance of meeting deadlines.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Overall I'm very pleased to be on the programme I am on as it has allowed me to take on high levels of responsibility and mature both as a person and professionally. My team is very supportive of my scheme and allow me the time I need to carry out my studying. I also receive great support externally from the company who host the apprenticeship.
4. How valued do you feel by Tesco?
From my first day until today, I have always been treated as a valued member of the team. With regular catch ups and review performances, I am always aware where I am succeeding and where I am struggling. Additionally, everybody in my team supports me if I ever need assistance, there is a strong family feeling in Tesco which contributes to feeling wanted.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Before you start you are prepared with several different induction days which provide you with invaluable information and insight into the business you are joining and tips for when you start. Once you begin the scheme there is a lapse in time which allows you to settle in with your role before you begin your studying, as well as regular catch ups with the leaders of the scheme. You'll also be set up with a buddy who has been on or completed your scheme who can help you out.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My Training provider is very useful, she is always open to my emails and provides me with quick, detailed responses to ensure I fully understand what it is I am doing. I also find that I am provided with a wealth of resources which makes my learning clear and directed.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Tesco are dedicated to ensuring that I take my education seriously, they do this by allowing Study time during the work week and regular catch ups to ensure that I am dealing okay with my workload. Regardless of how busy things are I always feel comfort in the fact I can reach out and discuss how I’m feeling and getting on with my scheme.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I think that the salary which is paid out for my apprenticeship is fair, although the workload can be excessive I think considering the support that is provided and the resources at your exposure the pay is very competitive. I think that it’s very positive that Tesco regularly review their pack package to ensure they are competitive across the market.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I think that due to the nature of the role and how many people you come into contact with the possibilities for opportunities is endless, I think if you are an outgoing/social person you will enjoy this job as there are strong opportunities to develop great working relationships with external suppliers/organisations.
9. Would you recommend Tesco to a friend?
I enjoy my job as the level of responsibility which I am trusted with and the opportunities to develop my own skills are invaluable. I often suggest to my friends that they should consider the scheme, I am very pleased that I applied for it as I feel it has helped me increase in maturity and confidence.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Tesco?
My biggest pieces of advice would be to ensure that you’re up to date with your excel skills, that you’re very confident in how you approach people and finally that you have an avid/ interest in retail and commercial business as your job will become one of your largest passions.
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