1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Check emails, book training, create content for site magazine, actions from education and training pillar, actions from academy and communications team, actions from health and wellness team, actions from local committee. Attend all these meetings. Take part in any projects (e.g a SMED for the filling and packing department)
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt how to adapt my behaviours to an office environment and how to adapt my bahaiours for different levels of people. I have learnt knowlege about compliance and the importance of making sure everyne has the right skills in their roles. Learnt about health and wellness and communication.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
In the first year i didnt really enjoy it as much as it was a big jump from being in school to working at a site with 350ish people and i wasn't in a team. In my 2nd and 3rd year i have been placed into a department, so i feel like i am part of a group.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I feel like it could have a lot better structure. I attended a 1 year course at college in the first year of my apprenticeship, then in my 2nd and 3rd year i have done no qualification learning. I have done the odd course e.g food safety/safety in the workplace, but nothing like attending a college. My programme is quite flexible in what i want to end up doing so i feel like this is why its maybe quite hard to structure and plan.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I think Nestle is good for support. I have been placed into a good team where there are a few 'mumsy' characters, so if i ever frown theyre constantly checking if i am ok. I hope this is the same within other departments. I dont have any contact with the head offices about my apprenticeship.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
In my first year when i attended reaseath college, they were great fro support. If i ever needed support with an essay they would always promptly apply to emails. As i have not been part of a college for the past 2 years i feel i cant really give this question a full answer.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
Not at all. I did a course in 'dairy technology' and although this did help me in my first year when i was learning the process of the site, in my 2nd and 3rd years i have gone on to do something completely away from the factory manufacturing, and so i barely ever use the knowledge that i learnt from the course.
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.)
Not that i am aware of. I think there is a Nestle football team and i know some of the shifts occasionally do things outside of work together. We have had a factory open day for families which i suppose could be classed as a social activity but i think there used to be more activities in the past.
9a. Would you recommend Nestle to a friend?
There are lots of benefits to working at Neslte, good pay, nice people and lots of opportunities. I think if depending on what scheme you are on, will depend on how well it is structured (engineers for example) but when you start a scheme where you dont know what job you will end up with at the end of the 3 years its quite difficult to structure.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Nestle?
The application process is quite lengthy. Try and get interview practise and group exercise practise. Make sure you come across like a positive enthusiastic person and ask lots of questions. Make sure you understand the scheme properly too before applying. Research the background on nestle too and what products the factories make
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