1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a HR Apprentice my role is to be a part of the HR Admin team. On a day-to-day basis this involves dealing with employees needs and concerns. Furthermore, it includes responsibilities such as completing Performance Reviews, references, creating and sending contracts, setting up new starters and the general admin that comes with working in a HR office.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
In general I have learned all new skills that involve working in HR as this is my introduction into HR as a career. Some of the new skills that I have learned involve communication as I have to speak on the phone daily. My time-keeping skills have developed as well as my organizational skills due to being responsible for my own laptop and desk.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my job a lot, every day is different so I do not know what I will be doing daily as it is not repetitive, this makes it more interesting. So far I have learned lots of new things that I will be able to apply further in my career.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme is very well organized. As there is a large number of apprentices working on this site, the structure and organization is well thought out and practiced. I always have something to do and new things to learn. So far I haven't experienced any issues and I know if I do they will be dealt with effectively.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Cummins is well known for recruiting large numbers of Apprentices, this means they are well practiced in the process. I have my own supervisor who I know I can go to if I need any support. There are also plenty of other people within my department who are also there to support and help if needed.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Every few months I have a visit from College to my workplace to keep them and me updated on how my Apprenticeship is going. Furthermore, I also have an Assessor that I can contact whenever I need to as well as monthly visits to see me who can provide support where needed.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
My qualification is essential if I want to pursue a career in HR. This means that all the work is relevant towards my job role and it is needed to help me get better and support me through my Apprenticeship and further. The qualification is a starter on what I can build on as I move up in a HR based career.
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.)
Social Activities are offered. For example, we are holding an Open event to celebrate our 100 year anniversary, this is open to every employee that currently works here, as well as ex employees and previously retired employees who used to work here. Lots of offers and rewards for being an employee, such as cycle to work scheme and Cummins rewards.
9a. Would you recommend Cummins to a friend?
I would recommend Cummins to a friend because it has given me an opportunity to get into the career I have chosen to pursue. It supports and helps young people towards their future by providing Apprenticeships. It is very well known for their outstanding Apprenticeship scheme and it has a good reputation.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Cummins?
Conduct research on the Company as it makes it easier when you know more about the Company you are trying to get into. Make sure you are definitely applying for an Apprenticeship that leads into a career you want to pursue. Learn as much a you can as they have a lot to offer.
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