1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My main responsibility is controlling budgets; so before/after an event I have the task of ensuring all costs have been paid for. As well as controlling budgets I also organise events and must ensure I do this to the best of my ability as it will reflect the company.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Throughout the past 6 months of my apprenticeship, I have learnt and developed so many skills; working in events means having to network on a regular basis with different departments or event agencies, this has massively helped with my confidence as well as my communication skills. I also have developed my organisational skills and time keeping skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my job role a lot, being in a professional working environment has helped develop a lot of skills which were maybe lacking during previous years for example at sixth form. Being treated like an adult and knowing you are doing well for the company makes it more enjoyable. However I find the apprenticeship side to the job very challenging and stressful.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My apprenticeship programme isn't well structured. I think that due to this it makes it more stressful because I feel as thought nobody really knows what is going on- which adds a lot of pressure onto us. I think managers aren't really aware of the amount of work which goes into each module and how difficult it can be and as the tasks lack specific resources to answer the question we have to resort to using Google. It makes it more time consuming doing this and I feel like it isn't teaching me anything, therefore makes me feel as thought the work i am doing isn't beneficial at all.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
In my one to ones with my manager she offers support with my job/apprenticeship work- for example there was times where I was being given too much work and it resorted in me falling behind on my apprenticeship work. However I do feel as thought I am left to it.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
I don't receive a lot of support from my training provider. I feel as thought I am left to do the work by myself. Whereas other apprentices in other companies are offered more support for example college where they are taught modules and then set tasks to do by themselves.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I feel that my apprenticeship programme currently doesn't relate to my role, I understand it is a business administration apprenticeship, however it is very vague and doesn't relate to my day to day work therefore doesn't really help me to perform betting in my role and help with my learning.
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 fund raising events which are held here at Pinley which can be classed as social activities,I would like for there to be a lot more networking available to get my face around the business more. Working in events means there are quite a few professional networking events for example at Christmas there was a networking event with one of our agencies from Crown who are based in London.
9a. Would you recommend PSA Group to a friend?
I would highly recommend the PSA Group to a friend, this is because from the start of me joining the company, I have always felt welcomed, everybody is so friendly and polite. All employees are polite and helpful. I know that if I ever have a problem, there is always someone I can go to.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PSA Group?
The tips/advice I would give to other people applying to the PSA Group is to make yourself known to other people in the business through networking- instead of dropping somebody an email, go and talk to them face to face. Also make sure to always ask questions if you are unsure of something, everybody is always there to help and most importantly chase training providers if something you need isn't being doubt with.
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