1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role involved supporting different areas of the business, both within DCS and also Colt Technologies on a Thursday with the operational side of HR. I manage the DCS Onboarding process from accepting the offer to a few weeks in their role and also inductions etc. This has been enjoyable and also given me a lot of exposure.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes- i have enhanced existing skills and also built on new skills that have been needed in order to complete my role to the best of my ability and ensure i am successful in all tasks taken out. I have also had the chance to develop professional skills throughout too.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my apprenticeship programme very much, i always have support from my team / wider HR Team and also my apprenticeship coach. We have had sessions throughout my apprenticeship based on the assignments which have helped massively in understanding what is required to complete the unit and what is needed in order to be successful and pass.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I think my programme has been well structured, within my role i have the opportunity to be exposed to different areas of the business, within different teams which has allowed me to have a more rounded view on the business. This has also helped with my understanding on the way certain departments link in with eachother.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a lot of support from my employer, and have always felt like i can talk to someone in/outside my team for support / advice. I have weekly catch up sessions in place with my manager and also monthly calls with my learning and development coach to ensure my apprenticeship studies are always up to date.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
I have received large amounts of support from my training provider, with cohort cafes, live sessions and also templates / guidelines sent out to ensure i have an understanding on what is required and what i need to do in order to complete the apprenticeship. My monthly catch ups with my learning and development coach are both face to face and over the phone which is always nice to ensure i am on track and meeting deadlines.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I think this has a large impact on helping me perform better in my role as it helps me to understand the context of what i do, legal side and also best practice. Topics that i cover in my apprenticeship i also do in day to day work, which helps me to understand fully the meaning and reasoning behind why its important.
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 wide variety of extra curricular events to become involved in at my work such as bike rides from one city to another, yoga classes, running classes etc. There are also a large amount of training aspects on internal portals that help you gain university certificates and training that is industry recognised.
9a. Would you recommend Colt Technologies to a friend?
I would recommend Colt as a place to work because the culture is very relaxed and the people are very friendly. Colt also has a variety of opportunities for both young and older professionals that help you grow up the career ladder. Despite whether you are an apprentice/graduate or 30 years into your career, your voice and actions count.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Colt Technologies?
The advice i would give to others applying for Colt would be to not worry so much about the role your applying to in thinking it will be your forever role. The business is very face paced, always changing and this allows for new positions / teams to be created which could be something that affects yourself and an opportunity to step into a new role.