1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My day to day role include learning the basic fundamental skills of engineering. This includes working on different engineering projects, learning the practical aspects of engineering such as creating mechanical components from engineering drawings, PLC programming and electrical wiring, as well as working towards a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Since the start of the program, I have learnt different new skills. This include the different tools used in the workplace and their purpose, reading and interpreting engineering drawings, and how to operate a lathe machine. I have also developed existing interpersonal skills such as teamwork, resilience and communication.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my program a lot. My passion for engineering stem from the passion I have for Physics and Maths. I work with colleagues from different companies on different tasks, and if I need help tutors are always there to support you. My company also support my day to day needs, and throughout the year we have programs such as tours and Outward bounds trip. The most exciting bit is I get to work on different projects daily. No two day is the same, hence the enthusiasm never dies.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The engineering course is well structured. We rotate on three different courses, electrical, mechanical hand-fitting and machining. There is one day allocated for studying for the Level 3 Diploma Engineering, and gaining a certificate at the end. All work done is assessed and feedback is given to everyone. My company also trains all apprentices by doing different programs, such as induction and internal training.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer gives me all the support I need. The company takes good care of me, by giving me all the resources I need for my day to day roles. Constant feedback from my employer helps me grow, both individually and professionally, and if I have issues these are taken care of. We have internal training where we learn skills and get to meet other apprentices that work for the company.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
The training provider provides me with all the knowledge I need for the course. I get regular feedback from my tutors to help me improve. I also help other colleagues get back to their feet sometimes when the tutor is not around.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I have developed skills which I need to be productive in the workplace. As the courses renew, I get to learn the latest edition and share my experience with my colleagues back in the workplace. I am also working towards a nationally recognized qualification, which helps me learn the theoretical aspects of the engineering course.
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 sports and co-curricular activities for anyone to join in the training provider. Sometimes there are networking events which the company sends us to learn more about the food industry. We also hold charity events and work with local charities to serve the community.
9a. Would you recommend Bakkavor to a friend?
Bakkavor is growing internationally, and this is the best time to join a company with great visions. This is a great company that not only builds your skills you need, but also your personal skills such as the Bakkavor values.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Bakkavor?
Bakkavor is a food company, so if you are a food enthusiast, then this could be the right company for you. They have different apprenticeship programs in different fields, such as Finance, Procurement, Manufacturing etc.
Advice for anyone looking forward to joining Bakkavor is: Get to know the company vision, learn the values and see if they go hand in hand with your personal aspirations. Be yourself in the interview stage and if you demonstrate the skills Bakkavor are looking for, then there's no doubt you will joining one of the biggest food companies in the UK.