1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is Technical operator. I work in Paxo department, preparing stuffing batches for our Lines 4 5 6 and 6A. Our leading label of stuffing is Paxo. However we are also producing stuffing for supermarkets, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Asda and Aldi.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, of course. Developing our existing skills and learning extra content is the main focus of our apprenticeship programme. Every member of our team in Premier Foods is getting training. We have different levels of Grades in our factory. Each grade represent level of knowledge and experience. As a Technical operator you start on grade 7 and eventually you progress to the grade 5. Apprenticeship program is here to create better environment for us to learn food industry standards even more than we would in the work environment.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I like it a lot. More knowledge allows me to be more confident in my role.
4. How valued do you feel by Premier Foods?
I feel that Premier Foods also value the fact that I volunteered to be part of this programme. I am glad they open apprenticeship on our site. In the long term I believe our company will benefit from having more skilled staff.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Well organised. Our mentors are skilled and well experienced. We feel the support every time.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Willing to help, not only when we ask for help.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
This is the first apprentice programme which took place in our factory and by my opinion, Premier Foods is doing well. Showing the interest to help us as much as they can.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I am happy. Of course I would welcome pay rise.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
We do organise some events, last year there was not as many as we was expecting, however our General manager mentioned on last meeting that they are planning to focus bit more on social events this year.
9. Would you recommend Premier Foods to a friend?
By my opinion this is friendly work environment, once you know what to do and you are doing your best to do your job best as you can, you can actually enjoy what you do.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Premier Foods?
You must like manual work.
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