1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role as the Citroën Online Executive involves maintaining the national website and configurators. I am responsible for updating existing and new pages on the website by using a back office system and also working on the configurator systems to ensure all vehicles are up to date with the correct equipment and pricing information.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have built upon many existing skills including time management, organisation, communication and an eye for detail is key within this role.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy my job in Citroën. The team I work in is very supportive and we actively help each other to achieve our targets and goals. PSA Peugeot Citroën is a great organisation to work for; there are plenty of opportunities to progress. Everyone is so friendly and very supportive; this has been proven through my daily internal interactions. The Business Apprenticeship Scheme is fantastic! The HR team are there for you right from the start at interview stage through to your induction and then all the way through your career. You'll receive great training from your teams and excellent support from your NVQ assessor. The perkz are amazing! We have an Employee Car Scheme which allows you to order a brand new Peugeot/Citroën which is yours for a maximum of a year, all you do is pay a monthly fee which includes everything except your fuel...It even includes insurance which is incredible for young drivers!
4. How valued do you feel by PSA Group?
I feel very valued by the organisation. My manager is very supportive and there are loads of ways of gaining internal and external recognition within the Citroën Marketing Team.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The NVQ programme is very well organised and we recieve very good support from our assessor. The assignments are given to us every few months and we have plenty of time to complete these alongside work and personal commitments.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive a lot of support from my training provider. I always know I can call/email him at any time during the day with questions or assignment queries.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
PSA Peugeot Citroën is a very supportive organisation; they really care about their employees. The HR team are fantastic and will always assist you and listen to your queries.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The apprenticeship salary at PSA Peugeot Citroën is one of the best in the area. It covers my travel, social and daily costs whilst currently living at home with my parents.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are always different events to get involved in. There may be different events within your department that you can attend or even events which are outside of your department. PSA Peugeot Citroën is always holding charity and local community voluntary events which you can get involved in. As an employee on the Business Apprenticeship Scheme you will be invited to the quarterly socials which can be anything from a meal out to bowling. This is a great way to get to know the other trainees within the organisation.
9. Would you recommend PSA Group to a friend?
PSA Peugeot Citroën is a fantastic organisation to work for. They really care about their employees and there's so many opportunities for progression; a great place to start your career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to PSA Group?
From previously working in the HR Training and Resourcing Team that recruit Business Apprentices I know that research and passion is very important. We like to see that our potential employees are passionate about the organisation and what it stands for. Be prepared. Allow plenty of time to complete your application form before the deadline and enough time to prepare before your interview. Before you send your application off, read it to yourself and make sure you do a spell check! Research the company and the different departments, have an idea on which department you would like to be placed into and research the role and requirements - Speak about how these relate to you! I would recommend practising interview questions and always backing up your answers using an example of a real life experience you've had, we love to hear this! And another tip would be to prepare questions you'd like to have answers for; you'll have the opportunity to ask these at your interview. Good luck!