1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
A manufactruing process apprentice helps run the process on a chemcical plant solving problems and helping to create a final product that is shipped worldwide to help crops grow. It is my job on a daily basis to follow control process technciains and help them run the plant and also maintain equipment on the plant. These can be things from using a computer to control the plant opening and closing valves to going out on plant and taking samples to test on in the labroatory. It is a great apprenticeship system that helps you develop a variety of skills that can be used in future and can be used to help others.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
During my apprenticeship i have learned and developed a variety of new skills which have helped me develop my during my apprenticeship. Being apart of syngenta has helped me develp even the most basic skills even further such as communication and team working, it has also helped me develop my skills working independantly and helped me understand the importance of time management. Working on plant has helped me learn and develop new skills such as dealing with hazardous chemicals and controlling the plant using a computer control system. The company also provides a training programme called aquinas that helps you develop and learn new skills and shows the site that you understand what is being said.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
From the moment i was a part of the company i have been welcomed by everyone on site. I instantly realised that the company is almost like a family and the company culture is great. The work that is carried out during the apprenticeship is extremely enjoyable, it is a combined mixture of being practical and learning how to control the chemical plant using a control system. There is also an apprentice room which can used to complete any work needed such as qualification work or just research.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I believe that the apprenticeship programme i am currently on is extremely well organised, the induction that had been given was over 3 weeks and was well detailed explaining lots aboutn the company and also policies at work. The training provided is both on the job and off the job training. Everyone on site helps you develop as you learn the process on your chemical plant, the support given by everyone on site is great and frequent meetings are held with your manager to assess your progress.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
At work and out of work, you recieve a great amount of support from your managers and other perosnnel in site. Everybody always encourages you to ask for support or help if needed and everybody on site is approachable. Managers have a great attitude towards helping you and also know when to give you independance to learn new skills and develop knowledge around site.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
The training provider on this apprenticeship is always willing to help whenever needed and will give their own time if you need support in a particular area of work. They always guide you in the right direction providing good information and useful tips on how to operate particular systems. It is really enjoyable to learn as well as having a good relationship with your training provider.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
What we learn from our training provider is extremely useful whilst spending days on plant. We learn about everything to do with the process industry so when entering site, you pick up certain skills that you may use on plant, it deffinatley helps putting theory into practice. From my training. i know a lot more about my role on site and know a lot more abput the different systems and equipment that are used on plant and why they are used. This will be extremely useful in passing my qualification.
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 are a variety of extra-curricular activities at work such as the team building events that are created for the apprentices. On the second week of the induciton, the apprentices are taken to CATCH, this is a training faciitly where apprentices can learn about their job role and develop a bond with other employees. Another programme is the outward bounds programme, this is where the apprentices go outdoors and develop their team skills by participating in multiple activities. These are then related to the companys ethics and policies at the end of everyday. There are also other events that people can engage in such as BBQ day events and charity events that occur regularly.
9a. Would you recommend Syngenta to a friend?
I would strongly recccomend syngenta to a friend as it is a company that helps you develop a variety of skills and also helps you develop as a person. Everything combines together to create a great experience for everybody, these are things such as : the environment, employees, benefits, pay, development of skills on and off the job and support.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Syngenta?
I would advise to anyone applying at syngenta to show how interested you are in the area of work in your CV and cover note, i would also show what your skills are which are related to being disciplined following instructions and showing leadership. I would also show interest in science in your application. It is also crucial on site that you follow health and safety correclty so it would be good to give an example of where you have shown this in the past.