1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My main day-to-role is to be responsible for recruiting the best talent of apprentices, graduates, interns and placements into Nestle. As a candidate support specialist it is my job to make sure they all have an excellent introduction and welcome to Nestle, keeping them warm before they join. I also need to be responsible for accurately hiring them into the business in a timely manner whilst reaming compliant.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Since being at Nestle I have learnt a great deal of new skills. This has meant learning numerous proceses such as Jury Service, Career Break, Car Loans, Hiring Process, facilitating Assessment Centres. The more processes I learn the more I build on my knowledge of policies and business initiatives to help drive my decisions to work independently. It has made me build on my confidence to be able to deliver presentations, phonecalls, go to board meetings and represnt Nestle as a great company to work for.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
So far I have loved my time at Nestle mainly due to the support of those around me who made me feel valued as soon as I joined. I have been given a lot of responsiibility that, although a challenge, has encouraged me to believe in myself and what I can acheive more. The part of the scheme I struggle to enjoy is the apprenticeship reflections that take up a lot of time on top of my CIPD and day job.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
In general, the organisation of the programme has been postive - however, as this is the first year of the scheme it has been trial and error that we were made aware of and I have been completely fine with due to the honesty. In terms of development, I do believe, due to living and financial dituations, it would help if we could now where abouts we would be placed in advance so that we are able to plan accordingly within enough time. I also feel that the training providers need to restructure the layout of the time given for e-lessons and time given to complete assignments as they aren't realistic.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Since I have been at Nestle I have continuously and consistently been given support. To make it more effective, it is support that has been personalised to help me with my own development goals. I have been given a lot of responsibility that has helped to make me feel valued and challenge me to build my confidence and believe in my abilities. I am so proud of how far I have grown with Nestle, and I am looking forward to continuing this developement.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
I have frequent phonecalls and the chance to meet face-face at least once a month. It is a good opportunity to talk about anything that I might be strugglng with during the apprenticeship scheme and recieve that extra support. However, I don't feel like the webinars are very useful or effective at all to be able to understand what is expected from the brief of the assignemnts and the Leeds Seminar works better as there is more time provided and encourages open discussion and debate.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
It has always been recognised that, due to joining HR with no background knowledge in business, that I had knowledge gaps of the wider picture of how an organsiation operates and the responsibility they have with employees and stakeholders. The CIPD qualification is helping to fill these gaps so I can understand policies and precideures with more clarity and justification to be more confident in my responses to any queries I recieve.
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.)
Nestle encourage employees to join extra-curricular activities and offer a range of oportunities to get involved with to contribute to a healthy work/life balance and employee satsifaction and well-being. I have a few out of work roles that allow me to be creative; - Pet Champion - Volunteer Ambassador for UK - Well-being Champion - Chritmas Hamper Co-ordinator - HR Ops Halloween Day
I have helped to organise Easter Care Packages for MacMillan, Donations of 100 Christmas Hampers for MacMillan, welcoming the Dogs to Nestle, Dementia Awareness Day, Table Tennis Tournament.
York also offer facilities such as a free gym for employees :)
9a. Would you recommend Nestle to a friend?
It is true that you don't always realise how lucky you are until what you had is gone. I can honestly say that no business or organisation is perfect, but the support I have recieved at a time I needed it the most has been amazing. I have felt valued as an employee, and I am always learning and developing my skills and confidence to be able to progress in my career. If you want to be challneged but be surrounding by honest, caring and supportive work colleagues - Nestle is the place!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Nestle?
Just be yourself. Never try to be somone that you are not - honesty is a value that can never be underrated. We always try and make the application process as stress free as possible as we believe that in order to see the best of people it isn't about catching them out, but encouraging them to show us their strengths, their passions and their insights.
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