1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
In my apprenticeship we have to move roles every 6 months. So far i have been in advanced technical support who take calls and answer any technical questions the customer may have on our products via email, chat servers or phone. I have recently joined the tendering back office (TBO) department who quote our products.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
i feel a lot of my skills have come on via the course. i feel like i approach many situations more professionally and handle myself better in a working environment. I also feel i have a much greater knowledge in electrical theory and products from experience in the workplace and work at college.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the opportunities that come with it and personally always saw it as a much better and efficient alternative to university as you are learning on the job which gives you much greater hands on experience as well as allowing you to get yourself used to a working environment.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
i think on the schneider end it is very well laid out and do appreciate switching roles every 6 months as it gives you an idea of all the processes withing the company. unfortantley i think college can be a bit hit and miss as we have had many tutors come and go.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer gives me all the support i need and are always there if i need them. I have regular meetings with my boss where we discuss how things are going with both college and work. they supply us with all the resources we need from laptops to stationary for the job.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
it varies we have gone through a couple of really good lecturers and a couple of bad ones but our main one is very useful and supportive as well as being leanient when need be. this helps us a lot as we do not feel as much pressure which helps.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
the first year is a mix of both electrical and mechanical engineering which means it is not relevant all the time but i do feel the stuff that is relevant really helps with the tasks i do at work. the second year will see out group split and made more relvant to us.
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.)
yes there are many out of work activities since ive been here people have taken part in the 3 peaks challege in ehich therer has been 2, ocassional football games to play in and many quiz nights which help you network and meet people you would not normally speak to.
9a. Would you recommend Schneider Electric to a friend?
I think the apprenticeship scheme is very well laid out and gives the individual many opportunites and a good platform to get there proffesional career underway. Schneider Electric take very good care of their apprentices and make sure they have the best chances and resources in order to achieve goals.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Schneider Electric?
just to show how passionate you are about the work and job, show your skills and make sure you are confident in what you are doing. You will be out of your comfort zone many times so it is important you are fully commited to it and try your hardest at all points.
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