- 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
- 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
- 3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
- 4. How valued do you feel by Active Tameside?
- 5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
- 6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
- 6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
- 7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
- 8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
- 9. Would you recommend Active Tameside to a friend?
- 9b. Why?
- 10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Active Tameside?
Every day we would be in the accounting side of the business so we'd have to go up to their floor and shadow what they were doing that day and have a specific person to show us what to do and then we wol=uld follow this up with our own projects. We also had meetings and normal accounting tasks within assurance and auditing.
My self confidence has increased so much even just at the start since this field is one that I'm quite fascinated by. Also we would have to talk to a lot of different peple so my communication skills have developed a lot due to being in meetings and speaking with other colleagues hence helping us to more confident and comfortable around other people in a formal environment.
It was a really enjoyable programme altogether and overall since we were able to talk to and be with all the staff membersthat made us feel so welcome and the reception by all our new colleagues was quite warm which helped me to feel like a professional working environment isn't so difficult. This helped me to realise that this company really wanted us to do well and helped us.
Everyone part of the programme felt very valued since when we would have our daily check ups with the manager, they would all make sure that we were enjoying ourselves whilst also making sure that the work we were doing wasn't so difficult and was understandable. Also, the never made us feel like we were getting in the way at all and even made us feel like we wer3e actually helping them more than that.
The structure of the work experience programme was quite clear due to their being a clear organisation of how we were going to be running that day and what we'd be doing all of the weeks running up to the end of the programme. This helped us to be ready and ascertain what to do everyday and help us to create a personal timetable in order to delegate our tasks and input our meetings and mentor meetings into it.
The person that I shadowed the most was absolutely amazing to me as we would meet up every day to discuss how to do things and how we were feeling about the company and if the work eas too difficylt for us so that we;d have to slow it down so that we could understand what we were learning in order to develop our knowledge properly and approperiately. We would also receive constant helpful feedback which helped us to weigh up the pros and cons of how we were doing.
Every day we would recieve a huge amount of support from our company who were really involved with our internship in order to help us icnrease our progress as well as make sure that the progress that we were making on the programme is good for me and was enough for me to continue learning as much as possible before my apprenticehsip ended. The email system would help us to be able to access anyone in the company ehnce being able to talk to the guidance support for careers in roder tos ee how to get into the company.
We didn't get paid for the two weeks due to it beign a work experiencec. However, the company did allow to pay for travel costs which was quite helpfuls sicne the commute to the company office and other places would get a tad bit pricey hence this was a nice touch that I appreciated.
There are quite a few. The office that I worked with were quite friendly and they seemed like they were all somehow friends with each toher and they would meet up outside of work to socialise and have fun. Sometimes this woudl go out as a business expense such as sports days or bsuiness helping schemes to help them to become friends with colla=eagues they may not necessarily know already.
It is an amazing company which I believe that the culture and dynamic in the company is absolutely of a different class. It feels like we're all part of a family since everyone is so kind to easch other and piping in for each other's success rather than their being some sort of industry competition and egos. All my colleagues are always willing to help each other out and the opportunities for promotion and to progress is brilliant.
The application process is quite grilling but it's definitely managemable. I know this sounds cliche but as long as you be yourself and they see that ypu're passionate about the company they're just really happy to have you on board and have you learn so much about the bsuienss which is absolutely amzing because you feel so valued from the company.
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Business & Administration, FMCG & Retail
Central London & City