1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Daily tasks are always different but here some of the roles I carry out. I firstly Carry out a morning meeting to all the relevant personnel so that they are aware of the plants current state then I make sure the lab equipment is in order and is all calibrated then I attend to any tankers to either off-load or load product. Take samples from various vessels and then analyse the. Charge materials and pack them off.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
By having an apprenticeship with Syngenta I have definalty developed a Problem solving skill and further improved my Leadership skills as working in an enviroment such as Syngenta you are given the opportunity to lead tasks and projects as well as solve issues or probelms you may face along the way.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I very much enjoy the programme at Syngenta as the prgramme is robust and you have support in every area. When I first started I was given a mentor to help ease into the working life now that I have been through the process I get to mentor others which is the best part as you stay connected with other apprentices and a community is created. All of my shift collegues are supportive and I am very lucky to have a career with Syngenta.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The structure is very well organised and robust as mention previuosly and I belive this is down to the apprenticeship managers we have to always support us in any actvity we are carrying out. You are given a yearly schdule so you know where you will be working and how long for which is great as you can plan where to start your NVQ units to maximise the evidnece you can collect for them.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We receive a lot of support and I think it helps having a community on the site where lots of current employees started with an apprenticeship as they understand what you are going through and they know best to help you gain the knowldeg you need to excel in your career. When you first join as an apprentice you are given a mentor to help with any issues and they are there even if you just need a chat and when you move up through the years you then become a mentor for someone else who has joined the apprenticeship programme.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Kirklees college was facing a lot of challenges regarding staff and following deadlines, despite this I completed the qualifications needed for the programme and did well on my exams. In fairness I didn't require much support but i believe if I needed any I would find it either from a tutor or the mentors at Kirklees college.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The qualifaction matched well to what job role I was carrying out so it was good to apply the theory to pratical use. I believe the qualification did help me to preform better in terms of having better knowlegde of equipment so that diagnosing probelms was easier and this also helped with problem solving.
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.)
They are many activities at Syngenta to get involved in from charity events down to team-building exercises in the lake district. I always got involved in the community scinece labs which we held for schools so that we could show them what study STEM can get you in terms of career options. I went on school visits to promote apprenticeships and also went on networking events around how are product is used and looked at what industries we link with.
9a. Would you recommend Syngenta to a friend?
I would definatley reccoment Syngenta to a freind as it is a supporting company with offers careers in many different areas of work and supoorts you moving up the ladder to achieve mangerial roles and better salaries. I also always tell my freinds and young people about how the apprenticeship prgramme at Synegnta is award winning and that you get paid very well as an apprenice whilst learning the technical and pratcial skills required for a full time career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Syngenta?
My advice for applying to Syngenta would be to be truthful in your CV and include examples where you can as it shows the employers a range of skills you have displayed. Also where possible attend taster days and show enthuasism and be confident. Also when you are being interveiwed have exmaples of actvities which show you using a varierty of skills and be normal.