Operations Degree Apprenticeship at Nestle

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Degree Apprenticeship
£20,000 annually
Review Date:
May 2019

Review Score

6.5 /10

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


My current role as I am in my second year is working on several projects within the After 8 department. I also work alongside other operators and train them up in lots of different competencies. I help out online as well to help with performance. I also work in schools and present about apprenticeships.

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


I have learned lots of new skills in terms of how machines work and processes used to keep the lines running. I have also developed a lot of my people and social skills - by doing this I have been able to gain the respect of colleagues which makes working a lot easier.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


In all honesty, the programme itself has not been for me. The managers don't understand that my course is different to a normal manufacturing apprenticeship. My apprenticeship is about learning about the machines to an extent and then taking on a managerial role within the factory however they see it as more of a manufacturing based job.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


I was the first cohort to be part of this apprenticeship so it has been quite unorganized. The consistency isn't not great across the different sites in the UK. However some sites have had a better experience than mine in Halifax. I think in the future there will be much more consistency.

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


I don't receive much support at all from my direct manager but I have received lots of support from peers, mentors and indirect managers. This has been really good actually, there is always someone to talk to. I have regular meetings and updates with several people to talk through my progress.

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


It is quite hard to receive support from the university during my apprenticeship as I am only there for one week every few months. However, when I am there I get really good help and support and we have a support manager who works with us from Sheffield Hallam University.

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


My qualification at University is about general management and business modules so it doesn't relate to my work in general. However It has helped with my personal progress as a person and my business knowledge has improved massively. Some of the operational and problem solving modules are really helpful.

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.)


Within the factory, we don't have anything like this at all. However at the two head offices I feel like this is something that is more commonly done. They have social events etc. We have things like bake sales and free chocolate which is always quite good when you're at work.

9a. Would you recommend Nestle to a friend?


9b. Why?

It is a huge organization with so many opportunities. If you want to start in one area, you have the flexibility to move around and upwards to experience lots of different departments. If you fall with a good manager your life will be good and you will enjoy your experience.

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

Just be yourself, Nestlé thrives on people skills and determination rather than your grades. It is good to have examples of you working in a team as well as working individually as you experience both of these. Just be prepared and you will be fine, the nestle employees will see you for your true self.

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