1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
my role as engineering apprentice is to shadow one of the qualified engineers on sight so that they can help teach me about the job and how to perform a task efficiently and correctly. on a normal day at syngenta i will start the day by attending the morning meeting, in this meeting we discuss any issues with plant that need to be resolved these could be either breakdowns or planned maintenance. i will then shadow one of the qaulified enginners while they carry out tasks throughout the day and while shadowing they will also talk me through how to complete a job. futhermore when on a job the engineer i am with will often give me the job and also give me guidance with how to do it so that i can learn.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
throughout my apprenticeship i am continually learning new skills. for example we have training offered to us that we can sign up for and attend, recently i completed training for making and breaking joints(BS EN 1591-4:2013), i therefore have the relevant training to be able to perform tasks involving making and breaking joints. furthermore working within a team helps me to further improve my communication skills as when on sight you are alwasy working within a team.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
thus far i have thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticship programme, this is due to when being on site i am working in a profesional environment with qualified and knowledgable people, these people are more than capable of helping me to learn new skills on the job as well as how to correctly perform a task. i also recieve adeqaute training from our training provider kirklees college who have helped us prepare for working on sight during the 16 week block we started our apprenticship in which we learned basic skills so that we were able to work on sight.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My apprenticship programme has a clear and organised structure that is set out for us to follow. having this structure allows us to keep on top of different aspects within my apprenticeship. for example when working at syngenta there are differnt areas that apprentices work in aroun sight, as part of our apprenticeship we are given a rotation plan which clearly shows which dates we work in different areas. we also have a calender in our work emails which has different events put into it that are planned for apprentices to do such as a meeting every 6 weeks with your manager to moniter progress and make sure youre on track as well as month health and safety meetings and important training, such as teaching us how the permit system we have on sight is used.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
my employer is always willing to give support wherever it is needed. for example i was struggling with the maths and meachnical principals at college, as soon as i raised this issue they organised for me to have a private tutor and having this support from my compnay has stopped me from struggling and i am now more confident with my work.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
my training provider can offer support when needed. when working towards our NVQ level 3 we have an assessor provided by the training provider in my case this is kirklees college. my assessor offers support with regards to the NVQ and they are happy to help wheneevr you ask for support for example they will help if you are struggling with an nvq unit as long as you highlight what you dont understand so they can better explain it.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
i believe the training and qaulification form our training provider helps to provide a better underatsnding of the work place and the differnet aspects of the job. for example we worked on a materials unit and this helped us to understand which materials are appicable to differnet circumstances and when working within a chemical company such as my own it is important to understand.
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 employer offers varios ectra curricular actibites for apprentices at attend. for example, recently a group of the apprentices visited syngnetas research sight at jealotts hill so that we could get a bteer understanding of the company. we are alos invited to socail events such as the christmas meal that the company puts on as an event for everyone to attend. we aslo have trips away with the company that allow for team building for example later this year we are going to outward bounds with the compnay this is done so that we can build on our teamwork and communication skills.
9a. Would you recommend Syngenta to a friend?
working with syngenta has ben an amzing opportunity for me to both learn and grow as an individual. in my opinion they offer som of the best support to their apprentices. furthermore the people you work with are highly skilled and very knowledgable as well as having the capabilities to effectively teach you about the job.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Syngenta?
it doesnt matter what background you have, you dont need to have worked in an environmnet such as engineeringa and you dont need to have the best grades as long as you have the grades they as for and you show enthusiasm and a willingness to work and learn the compnay will support you. you need to ensure that you show the company why they should choose you and show that you can be an outstanding apprentice with a willingness to learn.