1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a project manager specifically assigned to lending transformation. I have responsibility for the risk and control aspect of a project and also ensuring sufficient resource is committed to make sure it is correctly implemented. I work with third party suppliers to ensure efficient delivery or the project into the workplace.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a number of new skills. The vast majority are based around communication skills with third parties as well as influencing and presenting skills to ensure effective management of the projects. I have also developed my team working skills as this is essential to the successful implementation of a project.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I throughly enjoy the programme. I am around 1 month into degree I am 4 years into my time at together. I have been able to develop existing skills already and the programme has already provided an excellent knowledge base and networking opportunities. This is something you would struggle to find in different formats.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is extremely well structured. We have a plan from the outset of what days we are expected to commit to uni and these have been followed so far. The structure itself is great because it provides for pre attendance work to build knowledge, face to face learning and then further independent learning to support us.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer has been excellent. At the start of the course I needed 8 full days (2 blocks of 4) at uni within 3 weeks. This hasnt been an issue and my diary was altered to support this. I am confident if I needed more time at any point this wouldnt be a problem.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
So far this has been good but limited due to only starting the course a few weeks ago. There will be plenty of support, as this has been outlined to us already, and this will be ongoing for the fill 2 years of the course. I'm not concerned about this
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
Already I have been able to put the knowledge and skills I have learnt into practise at work, and I am only around 1 month in! The learning is pitched at the right level as this isn't a standard apprenticeship which is great. It will really build on existing skills to improve my ability to do my job.
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.)
Yes there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in other activities. There are sports clubs and networking events as well as 'green' initiatives to help the environment. There are chances to network outside of the company and intermediary events, you just need to ask! It's also good as you can get feedback on how you were at these events.
9a. Would you recommend Together to a friend?
Great place to work. Nothing is too much trouble and it's got a really good family feel. The benefits are great and the opportunity to develop are there as long as you are willing to commit to it. You have to take responsibility for your own development which is fine.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Together?
Feel free to call HR first and tall through your skillset. Keep an eye on the website as jobs come up daily and dont be afraid to go for it. Be smart and polite but also show you have a personality and will fit in well with the team once you're there.