1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a cashier as my main job so I work on the checkouts. My apprenticeship role is learning all about the business in-store and seeing what happens behind the scenes. So at the moment I've been learning about forms of communication used by the company, GDPR and how it affects us, as well as developing a PDP and learning about SWOT Vs SMART targets.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have however brushed up on my English and maths. I have also been looking at developing my PDP and developing a critical eye towards smart targets. Since it's a retail apprenticeship and I've been a cashier for over a decade, their want much in the first module for me to learn.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I rather enjoy the programme to be honest, it is interesting and can be expensive, I certainly was not expecting to learn about GDPR and how it affected things from a business point of view, nor about how much personal data was kept in the confidential office and how they really should not leave the doors open.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
In theory the programme is very organised and structured quite well. It is supposed to be a topic a month then a small catch up with the tutor with actual proper meetings every few months for endorsements and to sign off on the previous topics. So far this hasn't happened but the theory is quite sound.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
[This section of the comment has been removed by a member of the RateMyApprenticeship Team because it did not meet our site terms and conditions] Often a few of us are not allowed to do or weekly 2 hours. One guy quit because of the lack of support. I've thought about it. We do not get our extra 1 your for English or maths either. Some of us are really behind.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
My training provider is great at trying to give me support, she always finds a way to get the answer out of me and to stop me from over analysing the question asked. She is only an email or a text away provided she is not with another student. So a lot of support really.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
If I had not been doing the job for over a decade already, I think it would have been a great qualification to help me preform better in my job. However since my circumstances are that I have done the job for over a decade now, it is of limited help so far. But I'm only 3 modules in!
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.)
We used to have a lot of social activities and even a sports team. Now we do not have anything however. The social club no longer exists really, except to get prizes for the raffles and to apparently organise the disaster called Christmas party, which was cancelled last year too.
9a. Would you recommend Tesco to a friend?
The company had gone downhill since I joined it over 10 years ago. We no longer look after staff. Stress levels to up, staff levels to down, CEOs bonuses and pay skyrocket up. Staff pay merely just beats min wage. We used to be the best in retail aside from Lidl for pay.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Tesco?
Keep your head down and use the time to keep searching for another job, [This section of the comment has been removed by a member of the RateMyApprenticeship Team because it did not meet our site terms and conditions]
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