Accountancy Apprentice at Unilever

Start Date:
2018
Location:
Central London & City
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
Salary:
£17,000 annually
Review Date:
February 2019

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Review Score

5.1/10

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

2/10

Looking after the non financial KPI's for a service line. Ensuring data is uploaded into a reporting tool. Analyse trends in data. Suggest new KPI's or different ways of displaying the data. Takes up about 20% of my week. Asked continuously for more work and not been given anything further.

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

3/10

Excel skills improved greatly though self study/ asking others. LinkedIn Learning have great tutorials and quizzes to do for beginners to experts. Exam/Study skills have improved as it's all I've had to focus on. General IT skills have improved greatly. I've had to call many meetings regarding my line managers so I have improved my confidence in voicing my opinion.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

3/10

I see other apprentices having a very worthwhile experience and I think I've just been unlucky with my team and string of line managers. (I'm on my 4th in 6 months). I am not valued in any way in the team and have not been given any sort of plan of what i'll be working on.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

8/10

The Apprentice part of it, with BPP/CIMA has been pretty good. You can book onto a course whenever you want and can fast track if you have extra time. Great online learning environment and okay support from BPP. On the job part has not been planned at all. No one was prepared for me starting and did not have a plan as to what role I'd be doing.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?

5/10

My apprentice officer is great and has tried to assist me as much as possible to get a role within the team etc. My line managers have been uninterested as to what I need/what I'm doing regarding exams. They are fine with my 20% study time and allow me to be flexible with it.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?

7/10

Great online VLE with lectures, practice questions and mock exams. Support team are a bit clueless as to where you are in your studies but the online forum is great for queries on topics etc. You can choose whether to study online, online classroom live which is with a tutor or in person.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?

5/10

As I have not got a significant role I am yet to reap the benefits of my new knowledge from the CIMA exams. I can see how my new knowledge will be applied to real life situations and I am looking forward to using it when it comes or in the case study at the end of my course.

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.)

8/10

Our team have a fun committee which is very active and helps boost morale in he team and build relationships. Since I joined the team we have gone to go ape, had many drinks evenings, lunches and dinners which have been great. The Christmas party is also for the whole site which is great too.

9a. Would you recommend Unilever to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

Others seem to have great experiences and learn a lot with the right team/line manager. Great company with hundreds of opportunities. Supposed to support talent and provide learning ops and future job prospects. Great to have on your CV and amazing to learn how a huge global organisation operates.

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

Be yourself during the application process. Everyone is very nice and friendly so there's nothing to worry about. Study hard on your days off so you can focus on the job role towards the end of your apprenticeship and make the most of it.

If you end up in a situation like mine -fight hard to be moved team if you don't think it's going well/ Make sure that there is a role defined for you. Don't be afraid to ask questions and ask for support from your apprenticeship officer.

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