1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Work within engineering department, my role includes being part of PPMs and reactive maintenance. I am assigned mentors, mine is an automation engineer and therefore I work with him, shadowing or carrying out tasks that he will set for me. I also take on projects and maintain the site services.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a variety of new skills throughout my apprenticeship. But I have also developed my skills which I had before coming on this, which they have catered around my own personal skillset. I have learnt a lot of fault finding and problem solving methods which help me in and out of work.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I find my programme satisfactory, I believe there is a large room for improvement and organisation but this is due to the sheer scale of the objectives. Within my site, the programme is great and it has allowed me to learn a lot and expose me to a lot of new things.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It is not well structured at all, unfortunately it seems as though there is always something being rushed. This does not encourage me to ask for help within the programme and you feel like more of a number than a true employee purely based on the yearly diaglouges/opportunities to earn more money each year based on performance.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I recieve a lot of support when it comes to training, although between my site and my global employer there is little room for feedback on how you're doing and where you stand within the business. I do feel though that if I pushed enough I could get all the support I would need.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
I have 6 weekly meetings with my training provider, whether I'm in college or on site. This is really useful because it allows me time to actually speak with someone in the know about what's happening on the course and how it'll be effecting me in the future.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The qualification solidifys my knowledge by allowing me to write about what I already know. I am unsure how a City & Guilds differs to a BTEC or NVQ but regardless any of these qualificaitons allow me to prove I am capable and also feel confident in myself that I am capable.
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 minimal extra curricular activities to be involved in, although part of the union sometimes host special events but the company itself rarely hosts anything and there is a lack of team spirit across the factory but I am not sure about the business as a whole, just Oswestry.
9a. Would you recommend Arla Foods to a friend?
They're a huge company, room for movement within the company and they're trying to achieve a good thing. They will always pump money back into the business and allow us to try out new ideas that can save money or the environment. They're a big company for a reason.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Arla Foods?
Choose your site wisely, depending on what they produce will depend on what role you'll get at site. Each site is different, go and visit it first, meet the team and decide if you fit in. There can be high pressure environments due to the nature of the product.
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