1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Involved with every aspect of the materials department within Cummins. This involves everything from supply chain and working with outside suppliers to ensure parts come in on time, with the required paperwork, etc. Also includes looking at data relating to on time deliveries and analyzing ways things can be improved throughout the plant.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Learnt many valuable skills such as communication on the phone and via email with people i work with and outside organisations. Skills such as time management, urgency of deliveries and how a large organisation works and runs. I see the whole logistics side of it and how everything pieces together.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
It has been great so far. As well as learning many skills within work and getting a feel for the working life at a large organisation, Cummins has given me the opportunity to study a degree alongside. It has been very interesting and everyone is very friendly which makes the experience even more enjoyable
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Cummins is organised extremely well. There are many different departments all responsible for their own areas within the business. This is good as an apprentice because it is obvious who to talk to about whatever you need help with. It also allows you to get a feel for different areas of the business.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Everyone is happy to help with anything i am not 100% sure on and will make sure i am comfortable with every new thing i learn. They are also very supportive towards helping with the education side of my apprenticeship and ensure i have everything i need to pass the degree.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Warwickshire College are very good at making sure all the resources required to pass a module and get the best results possible is given to us. They are quick to respond to emails and queries about the course, as well as giving us feedback on what we need to do to improve.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The college course has helped me with lots of things from just learning about businesses as a whole, how they operate and why they have certain methods for certain things. This becomes evident when i see it happening at work. Presentations are also part of the course and so college has given me confidence in doing these.
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 is the Cummins Social Club which offers day trips to many different places and this is open to all employees. There are also sports events hosted by the company and a chance to get involved with things outside of work. Cummins also uses Yammer which is a good way to communicate to colleagues.
9a. Would you recommend Cummins to a friend?
Is a great place to work, full of friendly people who all want to help and make sure you achieve everting you want to. It is considerate to the studies i do alongside and allows me time and resources to complete these. It has been great so far so yes.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Cummins?
Be open minded and take on every opportunity you get. Everything new is a valuable thing to learn and it will help you in future life. The experiences i have learnt here have been excellent and it has been a great way to introduce me to the world of business and how a large company operates.
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