1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Daily tasks include advertising vacancies, screening candidates, arranging interviews. Colleague changes including salary changes and shift changes. Updating spreadsheets. Daily colleague interaction supporting with HR queries. Supporting managers with recruitment activities. External interaction with agencies both permanent and temporary agencies. Responsible for MYHR/SAP super user attend meetings and courses. Attend charity champion meetings and attend conference calls.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have attained passes in both maths and english qualifications. I have attended internal training courses that have supported with my role that included the role out of microsoft 365 and the new HR reporting function. I have attended MYHR meeting and delivered the training back at site. Attended excel workshop.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Struggle with it being remote, would like to have more interaction with others that are on the same course as me and at the same unit. Would be good to have pointers for each unit of projects to complete or research that would help complete your monthly reflection log. Having not completed any sort of learning in many years the 3000+ words requirement for reports was a shock.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very well structured and very detailed however I have had 3 tutors since starting and they all teach/support differently. The details for projects and studying could give more direction on how best to utilise the skills you are working on for each unit. For instance one unit gave a project to analysis some information, which helped massively with my report and completing my monthly reflection log.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Lots of support, I have regular one to ones with my line manager who also offers advice and direction on projects to get involved in. HR officer has given me pointers on what to research for report writing. My tutor is also available should I need to contact him for advice or support.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
My last 4 reports have not been scored so am unaware if I am progressing, this is something I will be addressing with my tutor on the next visit. The student forum which is online could be better utilised, I posted a question back in September and no response from anyone.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I believe I have learnt more about the company and the business by completing units required, something that I wouldnt of done had I not been completing. Some of the units I have not learnt anything new however it has made me think differently and has prompted me to make changes to some of the processes I complete.
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.)
I have attended charity meetings which leads to supporting charity events at site like cake sales and raffles. I have attended the HR forum meeting to discuss HR strategy plan following the colleague survey. I have volunteered to attend the colleague steering committee to improve working conditions for the office community.
9a. Would you recommend Premier Foods to a friend?
The company is very support and looks after its colleagues. There is support given when needed. Flexible working arrangements are put in place to support with home life. The pay is good and they are always looking at local businesses to ensure we are paying fairly and at market level.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Premier Foods?
The application process is online, either through the company website or Indeed. Interviews for office positions are competency based and for our shop-floor we hold assessment days my advice would be to get involved and research the company. The people you could be working with are extremely friendly and would look after you.
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