1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Gaining experience of process opertations and learning how to run the a plant and work the panel by shadowing and assisting the operators on the plant. Sampling and running lab analysis. Completing NVQ and collecting evidence for each different unit. Also completing any training needed for my future job role to show that i am competent at the tasks that i am carrying out.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Problem solving skills, using the data given to solve problems that you might see when carrying out jobs. I have also developed my confidence a lot by meeting new people around the site when moving around at work. Then also gaining a lot of experience of the job role when working on a day to day basis.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy learning on site about all of the different processes that are carried out and its always an interesting job to be doing, two days are never the same. The struture gives us our own leadership so we can do things such as NVQ and revision for exams around out college work when we want to so that we can get all of it completed and also see and experience the job role at the same time.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The apprenticeship program is very well structured that allows us to meet all of our deadlines that we need with things such as NVQ while we are working at the same time. It also dedicates us one day in college where we have out lessons and prepare for our exams. The work in college also helps support our learning with our job role.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Our employer will provide us with everything we need for our jobs and also any materials that we might need for college. We can also go and ask questions about NVQ and things going on if we need to as there is a dedicated team around the apprentices to help them with anything they may need.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
The training provider is also very helpful with a well structured lesson plan and notifications if this changes so we always know where we are and what units we will be doing. They also make sure that we have the resource to help further our understanding such as going out and seeing practical examples of what we are learning to further our understanding.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The qualification that we are doing with our training provider works very well with the job that we are doing. There are many different units that once we have learnt them in college that i can link to the actual job that we are doing on a day to day basis.
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 many different activities that the appricentices get involved with, such as days out with the company to see what happens to what is made, and for apprentices we have many different weeks away for team building exercises. There are also many different events with recruiting where the apprenctices are taken to help talk about the opportunities around the company for new apprentices.
9a. Would you recommend Syngenta to a friend?
It is a very good company to work for and get a start with this area of job. There are lots of training and support to make sure that you are competent and happy with what you are doing. Its always an interesting job to work around and get to see.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Syngenta?
You need to have a willingness to learn new skills and be willing to always have a go at things so that you dont just sit back. Make sure you stand out from the others. Show that your good at working with a team and also leading a team because you work with a lot of new people around the site.