Engineering Apprentice at Arla Foods

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£1,200 monthly
Review Date:
May 2019

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Review Score

7.1 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


Helping engineers in trouble shooting, fault finding and carrying out planned maintenance.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


Yes I have learnt various skills, which includes using hand tools, big machinery, welding, electrical knowledge.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I love what I do and would like to learn something new every time to enhance my skills

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


Its reasonably organised I would say, but I have to push myself to get things organise for myself which Is also helping me to develop.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?


I receive 100 percent support from my employer and my direct line manager and my team members towards my training, my development, my personal needs.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?


The support is reasonable, but the training in Reece heath college provided from MGTS can be a bit diabolical as they are still not aware what the requirements and the criteria's that we have to achieve to finish the qualification which is frustrating and the person in charge of the course is always changing the criteria without having the correct knowledge from city and guilds of the requirements that they are after. He can be a bit tunnel vision at times even the other teachers do not agree with him.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?


They have provided the basic knowledge but at times i felt they did not understand the requirements around the groups of students baring in mind some of us did not have any engineering back ground, a lot of work we had to put in ourselves to learn the basics skills and knowledge.

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 get involved in the site weekly football game which happens every Thursday evening, team building session and also business planning happens twice a year which helps us to understand our targets as a site and as an engineering team of what needs to be achieved and what have been met previously.

9a. Would you recommend Arla Foods to a friend?


9b. Why?

They have changed my life since the day I joined the company, I get paid very well, they is no excessive pressure on me, I get resources to do my job and there is always help available to complete my tasks.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Arla Foods?

You have to have an open mind to the company there are some amazing people working and also you will come across some negative people hence having an open mind is very important, I like what I do and I am sure the next person will like it as well if they enjoy what they do.

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