Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship at Unilever

Start Date:
Port Sunlight/Liverpool
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£16,000 annually
Review Date:
May 2018

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


In my Associate Project management apprenticeship,my role is a project coordinator in my team. My daily tasks are very project based; i mainly host and attended meetings with key stakeholder and manage plus create important documents in the Project management office. I also have had the opportunity to travel to Europe to meet external suppliers. Within the projects i lead and apart of i have a key responsibility within my organisation.

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


Yes, while doing m apprenticeship i am studying for the APM PMQ which a project management related quantification. Furthermore my job role and allowed me to develop my leadership and team skills. I have also given presentations which is a key skill in later life.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


Yes, i really enjoy my programme. The opportunities i have had in a FTSE 100 company have given me experiences that are vital for later life. I have always felt involved and supported every step of the way by team and the apprenticeship support team. Also being able to take part in events such as STEM days, and visit local school and talk about apprenticeships allows me to develop myself further. It has meant all expectations and was 100 percent the best decision to apply.

4. How valued do you feel by Unilever?


I feel very valued by Unilever and i am treated like an employee of Unilever. I have great responsibility within my projects and have been allowed to express myself and given new ideas to the business. I have been fully supported since the start by everyone around me

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


It is a well structured programme, i have monthly webinars and and training days in Manchester which are engaging and useful. Also my coursework deadlines are realistic and achievable. I have regular catch ups with the apprenticeship provider and also with my manager and my mentor

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


The support from my raining provider has been excellent. I have been assigned a tutor who is extremely welcoming and supportive. The work given my training provider is useful and manageable which is really important especially as i am very busy in my day to day role. The work i do with my training provider is good and i implement large amounts learned into my day to day work.

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


My support from Unilever has been excellent. My line manager has been excellent and is very understanding and we have weekly meetings were we chat and personal and work related topics. I have also have a mentor who is also there for me and gives me further support. my team around me make me feel welcome and it is like being part of a family

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


The salary is good. I live locally in a house share with an ensuite. The Liverpool area is very cheap. My wage allows me to enjoy myself outside of work. In my second year i get a pay rise as well which will be even better.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


Yes there is so many opportunities outside of work. I am part of the Unilever footy team where i play twice a week. There are many nights with both the fellow apprentices and work colleagues. I also attended regular visits to school to talk about my apprenticeship.

9a. Would you recommend Unilever to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

Yes, working at Unilever is like being part of a family. I feel valued and supported and the work i do makes a really difference to the business on a global scale. The opportunities i have had are exclusive and i have benefited hugely. Socially the apprenticeship is great and i fell good both outside and inside work.

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

Even though the application process is challenging is it worth it. I would ask as many questions on your assessment centre day. I would be confident as they are wanting to know about you and what you can add to the business.

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