1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
*Administration of graduate training - looking after graduate training requirements and booking as appropriate * Processing invoices * Rebookings/scheduling training dates * Administration of technical/ professional development training - booking ARLA/Empower Programme * Overseeing training suite * Printing handouts * Liaising with other divisions/HoDs for team training requirements * Sending Prework/chasing * Scheduling 1-2-1s for delegates with Directors
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
*Communication - I feel a lot more confident now picking up the phone and talking to different staff members at different levels (associate/directors) * Written - I am better at drafting emails * Organisational skills - I am able to prioritise work effectively to ensure deadlines are met * IT skills - I have been on IT training such as Excel Bronze and Silver and can use Microsoft systems well. I also use these software's on a daily bases which has given me a better understanding on how to use functions I have never used before
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The programme ties in with my job role so easy to refer back to my coursework/assessments as I am getting the right experience. I also enjoy working with my team as they trust me with my area of work and have given me responsibilities.
However as I am working 5 days a week it is hard to slot time in to complete coursework.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The coursework and assessments are very structured. The guidelines are very clear on what should be included in your coursework/assessment.
However the provider is very unorganised and is mostly absent as stated before. Workshops use to be scheduled once a month, however there has been a lack of communication when they were relocating offices.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer has been very supportive with my apprenticeship and understands the pressure apprentices may feel (as I am working full time as well). I have been given time out of the office to complete coursework or attend workshops. They also encourage me to attend our internal Savills training, and I took part in our management & Leadership programme 'Empower' last year. From the beginning, I have always felt supported by my team and encouraged to complete my apprenticeship
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
As mentioned in Q4, the provider is also is mostly absent, I am always approaching them to schedule a date to review my written work or complete assessments.
I would suggest that they create a structured timetable (i.e see them once a month) to go through the work and answer any queries they may have
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
At the moment I do not feel like my qualification contributes a lot to my role. As I have been given responsibilities and have been working with different team members, I have 'learnt more on the job.'
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.)
As I work for the Learning & Development team we are regularly hosting networking drinks, Lunch and Learns and also have team strategy days. I am keen to take part in any event at Savills to broaden my network and profile. We have scheduled in the diary a 'Children in Need quiz' in October
9a. Would you recommend Savills to a friend?
Savills is a great company to work for as there is lots of opportunity for growth. I started off doing work experience and was given a 3 month contract. A few months in and I was guaranteed an Apprenticeship which was funded by Savills. Later on, I secured a permeant contact. Throughout my time, I have had many job roles and have now taken on the professional development of staff members at Savills. In my roles I work with different divisions and people at different grads (from staff to Directors) and have met some wonderful characters!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Savills?
Be yourself! I remember going to my interview at our headquarters and thinking Savills would never hire someone like me (being 18 with limited experience at the time) However throughout my years of being here, I have learnt that Savills value diversity greatly. Yes, Savills is global company with thousands of employees, but do not be intimidated. You will find your place in the company (whatever division/job role that may be) and without a doubt will exceed with the support of your colleagues
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