1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Managing budgets for above the line campaigns and activity directly achieved through Boots media channel, paying invoices with accrued rebates, liaising with brand teams and commercial teams to align on priorities, organising instore activations, analysing the performance of our online marketing, using data and insight to build campaigns that excite the Boots shopper.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Hugely! I really lacked in online communication skills when I joined and struggled with composing professional emails, I have learnt about how the commercial side of the business runs, I can also build a wonderful professional presentation, Excel skills have been developed, Profit and loss accounts and return on investment calculations, the ins and out of the marketing industry.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Thoroughly, I have tons of support from the internal apprenticeship team when relevant and because of the way it works where line managers have to request an apprentice, we are fortunate with having someone who is passionate about you being there. The amount that I'm learning is incredible and I love telling my friend and partner about the stuff I learn. I've enjoyed it so much that next year I will be doing the Unilever Level 4 apprenticeship.
4. How valued do you feel by Unilever?
Extremely! I was nervous that I would join the team and be asked to do basic tasks like filing and taking minutes however, from the offset you are given lots of responsibilities and within Unilever it's some times very hard to distinguish between fulltime employees and apprentices. We are invited to all the events hosted by Unilever and reap the same rewards as the staff here.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The actual programme is very well structured, with lots of support along the way. The interview, induction and graduation process is always managed efficiently and effectively by the Unilever team! There is no fault with the structure of the programme and I would recommend an apprenticeship with Unilever to lots of my friends.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The quantity of the support is vast however, the quality of interactions with the provider is very poor. Our webinar coaches are often passing on incorrect information and the provider rarely filters information by mass. You mostly here about changes to the course etc from your tutor.
One thing to note is that BPP assign you a tutor and the role of this person has been hugely supportive.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Loads! They have a dedicated onboarding team and an internal Apprenticeship team who are based in the same office and always able to assist with any queries. They also have a Level 4 project management apprentice as part of the team which makes them very approachable! I don't have a bad word to say about his team because they are really visible internally and it feels like no problem big or small is ever too much for them.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Personally my wage is sufficient - it is well above the minimum wage for an apprentice which I am grateful for.
I live very local to the office with my parents and only have a £60 expense each month for my travel however, I do know some apprentices who have had to drop out previously as they just can't afford travel/rent with the wage they have.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Social events are few and far between for the apprentices as there are so many of us it's extremely hard to organise anything. The opportunities which we are offered from Unilever are exactly the same as any full time employee for example networking events, team outings, learning sessions and guest speakers.
9. Would you recommend Unilever to a friend?
I have done previously. It's a great company to work for. Brilliant business values, a gym at the office, great food on offer, discounted products, lovely working atmosphere, exciting large scale work to be actioned, vast amount of learning opportunities, minimal hierarchy, above average wage, supportive team members apprentice and shopper marketing.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Unilever?
100% be yourself because the atmosphere at Unilever is so precious that it takes the right kind of person to work here. Also, make sure you're aligned to what the business stands for as Unilever is propped up heavily by it's ethical values. Ask as many questions as possible.