HR Apprentice at Unilever

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Start Date:
Yorkshire & The Humber
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Review Date:
March 2019

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


My role is in HR, this involves communicating with employees, answering any queries they may have. I advise employees and managers on basic policies and procedures. I manage Absence, arranging meetings, composing and sending a range of different letters. I analyse data and statistics on absence and create spreadsheets and tables.

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


I have developed my communication skills as I talk to a range of people, including managers. I talk to people over the phone, in person etc. I have learnt new skills too, for example, learning new HR databases and Unilever databases. I have developed my knowledge of Excel Spreadsheets to, I now have know how to create pivot tables.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


So far, I enjoy this programme thoroughly, I have met some lovely people, and I am building my confidence and knowledge of policies and procedures. I think this programme will give me valuable skills that I will be able to use throughout my career and working life. I am looking forward to working through this programme and building on my knowledge.

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


It is well organised, I have a table of all of my roles and responsibilities within my job, and I have a weekly team meeting with my Line Manager to go through anything I need to ask about my workload or general things to see how I am getting on.

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


I receive a lot of support from my employer. We have a weekly team meeting with my team every Monday to go through people's key things within their workload and to see how we are getting on and if we need any help with anything. I also have a weekly meeting with my Line Manager to discuss any concerns or help I need.

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


I have a call with my learning support tutor every 6-8weeks to talk through my assignments and ask any questions I have. I also can email my tutor if I have any questions or concerns throughout my course. I have training webinars where they go through each module. The support is good.

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


I think it helps me perform slightly better, but overall so far it hasn't really had an impact. I think this is because I have only just started my course in January so I have only had one Assignment so far. So I haven't really been involved much yet. I think it will improve the more the course goes on.

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.)


As I only started in November 2018, I am still not fully aware of everything Unilever Leeds has to offer, extra - curricular wise yet. I know they do Christmas parties, and they offer Christmas activities for employees children at Christmas to take them to a pantomime. However I am not sure of anything else they do as of yet.

9a. Would you recommend Unilever to a friend?


9b. Why?

Unilever is a good company to work for, the community of Unilever is very inclusive. Working for Unilever is a job for life, it has lots of different opportunities and career paths. The atmosphere at Unilever is calm and welcoming. It also has good benefits and a good pension scheme.

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

I would advise that when applying for a job at Unilever to ensure they research the company, research the job role they are applying for. I would say to be confident and prepare a lot for the interview process. I would say stay calm and collected, focus on the job role you are applying for.

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