1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Commercial degree apprentice - currently working in the own label function (sales support & project management)
Daily tasks: Filing daily sales and age of stock reports, managing any projects and ensuring timings are all on track, attending any relevant meetings and managing the de-list process with one of our customers.
Daily interactions: Interacting with my internal team, and with other members of the business in external locations (e.g. factories and other offices around England), communicating with customers via telephone & email.
Responsibilities: Age of stock, projects I am responsible for, daily sales reports, managing the de-list process for one of our customers.
Projects: New products being released in stores, new designs of products and cases, managing any de-list plans
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Gaining a commercial degree whilst getting 4+ years experience.
Time management is improving
Excel & other IT skills
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have a really lovely, supportive team
Company culture is excellent and really encourages a work/life balance
Learning lots everyday and thoroughly enjoy it
4. How valued do you feel by pladis Global?
Appreciated constantly by the team
Everyone in the company has time to sit with me and discuss any questions I have - and they are all genuinely interested in me and my progression.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
As we are the first apprentices in the HQ, they are all still sorting out the rotations but they keep us in the loop, and it is as organised as it can be at this stage.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My tutor and team are always here to assist with any questions I have.
The University understand that I work full time and are here to assist with Uni work if I ever need help.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Team are very supportive and want me to succeed.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As I have had to move due to the placement of the apprenticeship, my wage makes me quite tight
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Team building events, sports teams. However, the location of the offices means that to get to anywhere outside of work requires a little bit of travel in the car.
9. Would you recommend pladis Global to a friend?
Supportive company - lots of progression opportunities and a real 'family feel. The apprenticeship provides me with many experiences which are valuable to the building of my career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to pladis Global?
Be as open to as many opportunities as possible - meet everyone in the business.
With the assessment centre, be yourself and treat every opportunity as an experience!