1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
On a day to say basis nothing is the same, I come into work and either have jobs that have been planned for me or there could be a problem in the factory elsewhere which I can then go and attempt to look at it, most of the time I’m working along side qualified technicians which are happy to help.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
At Mars I have developed many skills which I didn’t have before I started and there isn’t one day that goes past in which I don’t learn anything, electrical is my main area of focus and the only thing which limits my skills is there isn’t enough days in the week.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I love my program due to the freedom which the company gives us, despite my age they will let us work alone if we wanted to and they are constantly giving us tasks to under take everyday which is what I love the most. I love planning my own jobs and preparing all the equipment/parts I need, which is a huge responsibility to have.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The program starts off with a time table to follow which allows you to get to grip with everything, as you need to get to know people and the areas. After you have completed it you are set placements which involves spending time with different departments then after your first year you become more independent and using the knowledge which you have learnt.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We are constantly monitored in terms of our progress, they want to make sure that we never stop learning. We fill out a excel sheet to make sure that we are covering all the areas that we are needed to. We also go out for meals with the company to ensure that our peer relationships are strong as part of a team building activity.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Our training provider gives us regular assignments and works close with us to make sure that we are reaching our expectations as they never want us to under achieve. If we need any help all the teachers are always free, for example if you send them a email they are happy to help no matter if it’s the weekend or not!
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I believe that with our qualifications and our experience most companies would be happy to employ us, as the qualifications reflex this. It also shows the amount of time we have spent working towards them and your special areas for example mechanical or electrical. Loughborough college is also regularly recognised to be a great provider for engineering across the area.
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 is so many activities we regularly go out for meals or for example bike rides which everyone gets together for which is great for bonding with colleges. At Christmas time we also celebrate like dressing up smart and going out to a Monte Carlo themed ball! This all gives us our work life balance!
9a. Would you recommend Mars to a friend?
The company will always look after you and if you need help you are always told to ‘shout up’ if you need help as everyone people will be happy to help no matter where it is or what problem you have , the mutuality between everyone is incredible. Mars also provides you with all the correct tools for the job and anything else you need for your day to day life.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Mars?
When applying to Mars practice your team work skills and try to gain relevant experience like working in a garage volunteering or anything to prove to them your willing to try, even if you have never operated a spanner but you show you are willing to learn they will be happy to take you on!