1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Day to day I work alongside other maintenance engineers fixing and repairing machines. I have to respond to machine breakdowns as well as taking part in planned maintenance activities. I am responsible for maintaining the Toffee Crisp department which includes manufacturing plant and three packing legs. I Take part in bigger projects throughout the year during maintenance shutdowns such as the overhaul of machinery.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new skills. Not only do I have an understanding of how to fix and maintain production lines. I have also leant lots of new skills such as fabrication and welding. I am also confident using the milling machine and lathe. With these skills I can fix or create parts as I need them.#
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme, I enjoy going to college once per week as I get to learn new things that i can put in to practice at work. However I also enjoy coming to work. I am able to add value to the department every day I come to work. I would recommend this programme to everyone.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I think my programme is well structured I know what I will be doing day to day at work but I also am aware of what i will be doing during the 4 years of my apprenticeship and all the qualifications I will gain over the 4 years. The structure allows me to gain all the skills I need to be a good engineer.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive as much support as I require from my employer. If I am struggling with something as long as I ask people will be there to support me. If I am unsure hoe to complete a task I believe it is always best to ask first. Especially if the task is dangerous and I need help working safely.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Although day to day I have little contact with my training provider, if I needed support I could get this through email or on the phone. My assessor will visit me on average once per month to check my progress and address any concerns I may have about college or work.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
At the end of my apprenticeship I will have gained many qualifications the highest being a HNC that I am working towards in the 3rd and 4th year, this will help me with the maths and theory side of my job. I have already achieved a PEO this gives me the practical skills such as welding I need as part of my job.
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.)
At work there are often many charity evets taking place such as walks, runs and other charity activities, employees are actively encouraged to take part in charity or volunteering work. We have 2 extra days holiday a year that can be used for volunteering or charity work. There is also sports teams such as a 5 a side football that meet every week
9a. Would you recommend Nestle to a friend?
Nestle is a good company to work for. The apprenticeship is very well structured and for apprentices the salary is very good. I would recommend the Nestle apprenticeship to all my friends. Nestle looks after all its employees and gives them the opportunity to grow and develop them self and learn new skills.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Nestle?
I would tell anyone applying to work for Nestle to research the company if you get through to the interview stage. It is important to dress smartly for an interview as first impressions count. I would try to be confident at all times but also remember how it can be important to work as a team during some interview activities.
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