1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an operations degree apprentice which means that I work in the fcatory. My day to day job role can differ depending on what department I am working in. For example at the moment my main role is training and implementing a process whic means I spend most of my time training and organising training.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new skills within my first year of working, Nestle really encourage you to go onto different training courses to broaden your knowledge, this is key when entering a new environment. Alongside developing new skills I have also been encouraged to higlight what skills to improve, which has massivley helped my development.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
A degree apprenticeship is definitly difficult and my experince has varied within different stages, but overall I have enjoyed my first year of my programme. I have gained so much knowledge and experince and Nestle is a great company to work for, the amount of support I have recieved has made this experience easier.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I am only the seond year to do my programme which has resulted in it being not as orgainsied/structured as the other schemes Nestle offers. However I have used this as an opportunity to tailor my apprenticeship to what training and experinces I want. Although my year was not structured I am confident that Nestle are imprving this part of the course.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The support I have recieved my Nestle has been amazing, their is so many different support networks given to you, for example when you start you are given a mentor, a apprenticeship leader and your manager. Their is many different people to seek support from, as well as the other apprentices on your site.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Your recieve great support from Sheffield University, I go to university for block releases every 6 weeks, during this time there is many people you can go to see at the university. If you need support after leaving university all leacturers are happy to answer any questions or advise in any way over email.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I do a general Business Managment Degree which means this includes subjects that do not directly link to my role. For example I work in the factory yet some of my moduals focus on Sales and Marketing which do not help me. Overall, I think I have found ways to apply what I learn to my role.
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.)
Nestle is a great company for wanting to socialise, I have been to many charity events and work meals with my team which is a great way to network with who you are working with. Alongside this we have a new gym on site which holds gym classes that are a great way to meet people you wouldnt usually socialise with.
9a. Would you recommend Nestle to a friend?
I would advise Nestle to a friend as it is a great company to work for as an apprentice, the starting salary is great, which then increases each year. Another reason why I would recommend Nestle is the poeple that work there are so friendly and really do make the expereince better.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Nestle?
When applying to Nestle I would advise you to do alot of research on the course you are applying for so that you can fully expect what you are doing. I would also advise others to take time with their application, make it as detailed as possible, but most importantly be yoursel!