1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am on the ENSPIRE scheme in my first year doing buying on mens casual bottoms and outerwear. I do sample management and play a part in the order process and I email suppliers on a daily basis
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have gained more confidence and improved my ability to work independently as well as share my opinion. I am better at communicating now with my team and I have learned how to use the range plan. I am studying at college once a fortnight to improve my understanding of the role of a buyer and merchandiser
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy my programme. It is always challenging and I do something different every day. The people I work with are also really helpful towards my development
4. How valued do you feel by Tesco?
I feel strongly valued by my team in the sense that they trust me with a lot of responsibilities but are also always there to help me with any of those responsibilities.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme offers so many opportunities to develop and learn. I thoroughly enjoy every aspect but I would like to see a stronger connection between work and college in terms of communication however this is minor and does not affect my enthusiasm towards the programme
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My manager is very approachable and always willing to help as are the rest of my team and the other teams on menswear. The whole department have in some way helped train me which is really helpful and I am very grateful to have so much support behind me
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We have regular meetings with HR to see how we are getting on and if we have any comments to make. This is really great contact to have once in a while to determine if we are progressing at the expected pace
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I live on my own so my salary doesn't greatly exceed my costs but it covers them and I can manage adequately
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, there are lots of opportunities to get involved with events that raise money for C.A.L.M, the charity that Tesco supports.
9. Would you recommend Tesco to a friend?
Because of the support with development, the skills that I am learning and because of the people.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Tesco?
Be yourself, be willing to take on a challenge and have confidence in your ability. Also, never be afraid to ask questions, there is a lot to take in
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