Process Apprentice at Nestle

Start Date:
North West
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£21 annually
Review Date:
April 2018

Review Score

8.4 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


I am involved in projects throughout the year working towards an improvement in asset intensity, zero waste, improving the process and eliminating the risk of foreign bodies entering our products. my daily tasks involve attending meetings throughout the day to progress projects and to keep teams aligned on different things that are taking place. I also attend operational reviews throughout the week to keep a track on the current position of the factory. some of my responsibilities include updating and feeding back a section of the weekly operational review to the rest of the manufacturing leadership team. I also ensure that my projects are progressing at a pace that is suitable to achieve the results required.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have gained various qualifications and I am set to gain another in the coming year. The qualifications that I have achieved so far include a professional certificate in food technology with dairy specialism as well as a Level 4 in food safety and supervision for manufacturing. I have also achieved various internal training courses that are related to total performance management. As an individual I have also developed personal skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership and time management.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


My programme is very enjoyable and very rewarding. Nestle have many incentive schemes in which hard work is rewarded with points that can be exchanged for prizes. There is a huge drive on progressing and developing apprentices within the business which is really motivating. My expectations were met and I{ am really happy within the company.

4. How valued do you feel by Nestle?


As an apprentice you are very much valued within the company. You are tasked with leading and managing projects that can have a large impact on the factory. You are also included in a large number of events to help up skill you and improve your abilities within the company. Recognition is given regularly and is really rewarding. As an apprentice you have catch ups with your line manager to align on how you are doing and to acknowledge recent successes

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


My apprenticeship is very well structured. I manage my own time and work of a yearly implementation plan to ensure that my time is managed effectively. I plan when I am going to complete certain activities at the beginning of the year. I am often asked to attend add on training courses to further progress my development. If I have a problem I feel confident is escalating it to my line manager to ensure that any blockers are removed.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


My training provider doesn't provide the best support. I felt very isolated when completing my coursework away from the college and I also didn't receive much communication from them considering I was a distanced learner. I was encourage to attend lectures more often however this was only feasible to a certain extent as the college was a 4 hour drive away from my workplace and lectures began at 9am. The college however had excellent facilities.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


I receive excellent support from my employee and I am very grateful of it. I am always being asked to attend training courses and I am often asked how I am getting on. Everyone is very friendly and that makes it so much easier as I feel comfortable asking for help or support. I am lucky that I have two main lines of support from either my line manager or our training manager who looks after the apprentices.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


My salary is one of the best for apprenticeships in the UK and I do not have to cover any costs personally. All my costs for hotels, travel and food while away with work are claimed back through expenses. My salary comfortably covers my living costs and my workplace is only a short drive from home.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


Outside of work there are a few opportunities. On induction you complete team building exercises with the other intakes for that and also your line managers. This is a really good opportunity to get to know people more and also to ask your line manager about any questions that you have before starting. People are also very friendly at nestle and people are always interested in meeting outside of work to catch up over food.

9. Would you recommend Nestle to a friend?


9b. Why?

Because it encourages development and progression throughout your career. It has a very rewarding salary and is very interested in its people. The company offers many opportunities and can expose you to many different ventures.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Nestle?

I would say to be yourself. Nestle are interested in the person behind the qualifications not just the certificate of exam result. If you show that you are enthusiastic and interested in developing yourself whilst also being friendly then you stand a much better chance than if you are not approachable

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