1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work within the Apprenticeship Delivery Team based in Leatherhead. I mainly work on the attraction & recruitment of Apprenticeships to the business but also work on wider youth employability initiatives. No two days look the same and there is lots of variety and scope to get involved in a range of different tasks & projects.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a variety of new skills whilst completing my apprenticeship, as well as developing existing skills. I learn new skills every day through my job role as well as recieving learning support from my training provider in the form of webinars, learning portals, resources & classroom based sessions. I have recently received my Level 4 Project Management Qualification.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I love my role and my programme and can genuinely say I love going in to work every day. I have a fantastic team who offer support and advise when i need, there is a great atmosphere and culture working for Unilever - with fantastic office environments designed to make everyone feel comfortable at work and to express themselves.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme is very structured. I have monthly reviews with my tutor to ensure I'm on track - as well as reviews with my employer. I have clear tasks and projects as part of my programmes with deadlines, making sure I complete them on time. I had an exam 1 year in to my programme and then an End Point Assessment (presentation & interview) to complete my apprenticeship.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There is lots of support received from Unilever. This is in the form of the HR team (both the Apprenticeship team & wider HR) as well as access to a mentor, catching up regularly on performance & development. As well as this, there is access to time to talk team and a great deal of focused is placed on wellbeing in the workplace.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
There is a good level of support from the training provider. In terms of face to face support, this comes in the form of regular catch-ups and classroom sessions. There is also access to lots of resources online (project management) for me to review and complete in my own time to help towards my qualification.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I learn the knowledge required to be a proficient project manager. I implement key skills such as stakeholder and resource management to help me be effective in my role. It also allows me to understand all different aspects of project management to enable me to proactively pick up and deliver new projects.
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 lots of opportunities to socialise as an apprentice at Unilever and it's a really fun experience. As an apprentice network, we regularly go out for drinks and participate in different sporting activities such as netball and tough mudders. There are also great opportunities to do things as teams, not just limited to your apprentice intake.
9a. Would you recommend Unilever to a friend?
Best thing I've done and has built a brilliant platform for my career! I've met so many amazing people as part of my apprenticeship and has allowed me to learn from them and steal their skills & knowledge with pride!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Unilever?
Be yourself and don't compare yourself with others, do the best you can possibly do - this applies to the recruitment process and once you're in the apprenticeship scheme. Its great to have as many examples of extra-curricular and work experience activities as possible to I would recommend anyone without these to get involved with them - not matter what their scale.
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