1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
my day to day role as an advanced technical operator apprentice is to operate the machines. this includes performing product check such as a taste or consistency test. I am also responsible for the change over from one product to another which is important when moving from an allergen product.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
so far whilst doing my apprenticeship I have learnt many valuable skills such as time keeping, the ability to manage tasks in accordance to heir most important to the least important. this ensured that I meet the deadlines which prevents the rest of production falling behind on the pre planned target
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
so far I have enjoyed the work side of my apprenticeship as it gives me a great opportunity to be apart of a great team. it also allows me to challenge myself in an environment that I have never worked in before. the college side of the programme as of yet is fairly straight forward but I am looking forward to starting the engineering side of things.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
in my current experience of the programme so far I am fairly confident that I can pass the course with a distinction grade. I think the structure of the college side of the apprenticeship could be better as I often feel it is disorganized and I often lack knowledge of what the actual merit of the work that we are doing has.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
from my employer I receive a lot of support not only on my college work but also the job itself. I have a mentor who I go to whenever I am unsure of anything as well as a coach who helps me to understand the role and is teaching me how to do every task.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
so far I have received enough support from the training provider of what is required however I often feel like a lot of what we are doing is just ticking a box. for example we are required to fill out learner logs which in my opinion are a waste of classroom time.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
as of yet we are yet to do any work which will directly help me in my role. however, the modules such as health and safety are obviously helpful as I work in a food production environment. I think once we start doing the engineering modules it will be much better
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
the company I work for offers experience days such as going to watch football matches. this is done through the social pension plan. each month anyone who pays into the plan has the opportunity to go on a trip outside of work hours which is paid for mostly by the company.
9a. Would you recommend Premier Foods to a friend?
Premier foods is a very flexible company which allows individuals to easily swap shifts or move onto a different shift if necessary. they also pay very well for the work that is required and allow staff too leave early on a Friday when on afters or night, which is very helpful and appreciated
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Premier Foods?
Just be yourself and be honest. everyone has something they're good and bad at and at premier foods you wont be judged for your faults or punished if you make a small mistake. its also important to show interest in what you're doing as this is what will make you stand out in a good way
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