1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I have a couple roles within my team. I work in the Ice Cream team and my work is to assist the account managers with paying invoices and acting as the first movement of money. I also process freezer cabinets for different people who request it, whether it be directly from customers or account managers. I also provide some financial-work support for the Ice Cream Now (ICNow) Team.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes. My capability and expertise in a lot of software use and general understanding of organisational procedures has strengthened 100 fold. Some of the things i am capable of doing day to day, surprise me as what it was like a year ago was substantially less.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I absolutely love it!. I love the team I work in, I love my roles, I'm so passionate about what the company stands for and it's values are very close to mine. Making the world a sustainable world is a great value.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I believe the structure of my programme is brilliant. There's not much I can say for disapproval as I don't have that much experience from many different programmes, as such from what it is so far, I consider it to be brilliant.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My host employer, Unilever, provide a lot of support for me to ensure that i can be as productive and provide really qualitative and quantitative work. My employer is only there to support me for non-work/work related issues of which I have yet to experience.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
A lot less than I would have wanted. Sometimes I feel extremely alone preparing for exams which I'm not yet ready for. The level of support is staggered, sometimes extremely little and sometimes too much at once (with little point).
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
My work ethic, enthusiasm, ambition, aspirations and dedication to my role are what really help me excel. My training provider doesn't really assist in any way or format to this.
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.)
There are a lot of sports competitions to get involved in at work as well as social events/gatherings and a lot of professional networking events.
9a. Would you recommend Unilever to a friend?
There's only so little I can say against Unilever and that is that at the end of the apprenticeship, there's no security of knowing whether or not you have performed well enough to secure a placement or not.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Unilever?
Research the company history, values and desired traits from its employees. It's a great company to work for very high tier so there will be hard work required to complete but it's worth it and the experience is fantastic.
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