1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a science manufacturing apprentice. My job involved running and controlling process manufacturing plants. It is a dynamic job role that involves scientific lab work, using computer systems to control the plant equipment, for example controlling rections inside vessels and distillations. There can be alot of problems on the different plants which we have to try solve, which can be very rewarding and fun.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
My behaviour skills have come a long way, I have matured as a person and am becoming alot more confident in my communication skills. I have gained valuble industry experience skills and science processed we have on our site, that are relevant to all process plants. my academic skills have increased which offers me good qualifications at the end of my apprenticeship, but also the skills i gain on site are from industry specialists.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The job role itself is very rewarding and people on site are very friendly and helpful. My managment organise team building actvities with the other apprentices which are very enjoyable and my programme is very well organised which keeps me on track with my progress. I think the job role is very interesting and involves years of learning which gives you a drive to succeed.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I think syngenta take pride in the organisation of the apprenticeship programme, We are given timelines and deadlines to complete work by which is key to keeping on track, but we are also given alot of responsibility to keep our work structured and organised which gives us drive and maturity to complete work to the best of our ability.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
we have a very well managment setup. We have monthy review meetings which give us opertunity to discuss our progress and activities we've been involved in with our managers. We have well organised college and NVQ programmes given to us, and if we ever have any questions or need any support our managers are always happy to help.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Our on site training is very good as we have all the people on site to help us. Our other training provider: North Lindsey College, offer us lots of support and have well organised lessons, with the oppertunity to stay back for help. Our teachers give us very specialist training and if we struggle in any particular area they make it their goal to help us understand it.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
We have two main qualifications, an NVQ and a City and Guilds Level 3 Qualification. The NVQ we do contains infomation we need to find and demonstrate on the chemical plants, this helps me perform better as I need to go onto site and complete this work. My City and Guilds Level 3 Qualification is tutored in a way that makes it specific to my workplace so the infomation i recieve there can be used to understand things i see on my site.
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.)
My workplace offer lots of extra curricular activities such as alot of charity work, teambuilding excersises and company events. We get offered to go on visits to other syngenta sites to get an insight to how they work, plus lots of other places such as customer farms so we can see where our products go. The company also offer school visits that we can help out in, showing children how our site works and the science behind it, plus our coorporate events where the site gets together to review the last year and goals for the upcoming year. Overall there are alot of activities to get involved with.
9a. Would you recommend Syngenta to a friend?
Syngenta seems a very exclusive apprenticeship, We are working in a very diverse and interesing site, we are gaining scientific knowledge and working with our friends. We are paid a very well off amount of money and are expected to do a healthy amount of work that can be challenging, but makes us learn very well. We are treated like adults and are working for a very successful agrochemical company.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Syngenta?
You need to have a keen interest to learn, be a mature individual and be willing to succeed. This is a very prestigious job role that is desired by other workers in the industry for its rewarding activities, valuable experience and good payments. If you are interested, ask to come on one of the apprentice taster days syngenta offer and show an eagerness to want to work for the company. You must be a smart individual, but the company will provide excellent training.