1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role in communications is varied. I work with both external and internal communications which can involve working on the external website, social media, and sending out business wide communications. The role also involves helping arrange some of the logistics and content for large internal events and project managing smaller internal events.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new skills and developed existing skills. From the simpler tasks of knowing what to write in a business email to the more complicated tasks of project managing an event. The business and my trainer have provided multiple opportunities to learn extra skills, even those not necessary for my particular role but useful for future roles.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have really enjoyed my programme so far. I sit within a small friendly team and the atmosphere in the office is relaxed but work focused. The business offers a lot of extra benefits to improve employee work life including flexible working policies which allow the employees to balance day to day life and work.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is very well organised. The business provided a thorough induction allowing apprentices a chance to learn business policies etc before starting in their roles. The business offers both mandatory and optional training to allow apprentices to expand their skills. There is also a mentor scheme in place. Employees are enthusiastic and ready to share great learning opportunities with apprentices and support them in their roles.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
As an employer Unilever is fantastic. They support the apprentices from the very start with a very thorough induction. The HR team regularly reaches out sharing information and checking in with apprentices. There is a system in place to provide mentors which allows apprentices to explore the wider business not just the business relevant to their role. Support is easily accessible and comes in a variety of ways from actual employees to apps.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Bpp has been good as a provider. Occasionally there is a delay in response to problems with the IT systems however they always respond. The tutor is supportive and helps address issues with the coursework quite quickly. The guidance for coursework has been a little unclear at times requiring contact with the tutor to clarify.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
Some of the material on the course has helped provide background knowledge on why something may be happening in the business or why certain processes are in place. I have been able to use some of the techniques and understanding from my course to improve my tasks in my role. I have learnt more about the industry from the webinars held by the trainer.
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 Unilever there are multiple opportunities to get involved in extra curricular activities. These range from volunteering opportunities, networking nights, to sports clubs, there is something for everyone. The apprentices also have a network which arranges social events etc. There are also many company events and activities employees can get involved in.
9a. Would you recommend Unilever to a friend?
Unilever is a great company to work for. They invest in their employees by encouraging training, providing mentors and providing flexible working policies. The office has a positive attitude about apprentices and the roles they can take on. Unilever will push you to try and experience a variety of roles and challenge yourself.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Unilever?
My main tip to anyone applying for a Unilever apprenticeship is to be yourself. The assessment days are all about Unilever learning about you as a person. This also applies to interviews, ensure that your passion for the role and Unilever is clear in your answers. Finally take every opportunity throughout the process to enjoy the opportunities and experience.
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