HR Training Coordinator at Nestle

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Degree Apprenticeship
£19,000 annually
Review Date:
May 2019

Review Score

7 /10

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


I work in HR as a training coordinator. This means I work with training specialists and external suppliers to organise training sessions for delegates in our offices, dealing with all the logistics of venues, delegates, costs, etc. I also look after one of our factories' training needs to ensure they meet compliance requirements.

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


I have learnt to manage stakeholders much better and find pragmatic solutions to problems, and other skills relating to MS Office, Outlook, and general administration skills that are transferrable. In terms of off the job training, I became a qualified first aider, and attended other training around finance and value creation. At university, I have gained many skills from the business degree, including marketing, sales, HR, supply chain, and finance knowledge.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


The day to day job is enjoyable as I have moved around the business, settling into a position I enjoy and am competent at. The university aspect is the most enjoyable, as we are provided expenses to facilitate good learning periods. It is, however, difficult to maintain a balance between work and education (and life). Tha Academy at Nestle is the least enjoyable aspect, as they generally do not treat everybody equally or consistently at all - this is the same with appraisals etc.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The placements are generally organised okay, although many things such as future placements, pay rises etc are left until the last minute and we are not given much notice. The Sheffield aspect is organised well as we have a module plan ahead of time and accomodation etc is booked already.

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


The employer supports me to succeed in my day job and makes sure I am engaged in responsibilities there (although some are very 'apprentice' tasks). They do not support well in our education. Considering an apprenticeship is 20% education, we are not allocated time for university work, and upon requesting, the Academy implemented a learning log to show we do receive 20%, despite this not being accurate.

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


Sheffield Hallam provide support throughout the week, and we can contact them afterward while working on assignments to clarify queries, although this communication can be patchy. We are provided a mentor during the dissertation which is somewhat beneficial. The course leader from the university side provides a central point of contact.

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


My qualification covers HR, marketing, finance, supply chain, and sales, which helps with my rotational roles of supply chain, sales, HR, and marketing. The best part of the scheme is learning the theoretical side at university simultaneously with the practical side at work. It adds value to our job and to the business.

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 occasionally social events within the team, such as evenings after team days. There are no sports teams or clubs or societies but will soon be gym classes at the new gym. There are no networking or similar events, and that is left down to the employee to attend any professional events in their own time.

9a. Would you recommend Nestle to a friend?


9b. Why?

[This section of the comment has been removed by a member of the RateMyApprenticeship Team because it did not meet our site terms and conditions] This is normal at large companies, but under the umbrella of the Academy, and on a student scheme, there should be consistency in areas like pay, appraisals, treatment from managers, opportunities being offered out, etc., and that is not present at all (Nestle has been caught out for this before).

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

My advice would be to not apply to Nestle due to their poor ethics both externally (see: news) and internally as mentioned above.

If a candidate is still applying, advice is to be yourself, as they are also interviewing your personality and determining if you would be a good fit for the teams in the business.

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