Dispensary Lead Operator at Premier Foods

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5/6/7)
Review Date:
March 2021

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


Supervising staff to ensure ingredients are batched up ready for production. Using SAP to process T&A and production orders to maintain trace ability. Ordering consumables and cleaning chemicals for the site. Working on CI projects + conducting waste walks to highlight any areas that could be improved upon. FLT driver.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


Yes. Attended management courses + health and safety courses. Site racking inspector Fork lift driver Food Safety certificates Holchem CIP level 3 certificate. Learnt how to deal with the demands of a fast paced production environment and get the best out of the tea to achieve the desired results.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy being part of Premier Foods. I feel like a positive member of the team and am happy to work towards improving the site and working practices in order to benefit the business.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


I think there could be more training opportunities and career progression options. I have been lucky to be enrolled on the apprenticeship programme and have received support from the Company. In order to successfully complete the apprenticeship I need to be exposed to more project work than at present.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?


My team leader and immediate manager are not involved directly with the project side of the business so are unable to support as much as they would like. I have received some support from the project team, but they are often busy with ongoing projects.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?


Tutor is great. He is very engaging in the lessons and is quick to respond to emails and queries. The lessons are enjoyable and the format works well.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?


The apprenticeship doesn't directly affect my day to day role, which is quite different to the apprenticeship. I have used some of the theories and techniques from the course in my working environment and it's interesting to see how colleagues react.

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.)


This year most of the extra-curricular activities have been unable to take place. Usually there are opportunities to get involved with activities.

9a. Would you recommend Premier Foods to a friend?


9b. Why?

I am proud to work at Ambrosia, as part of Premier Foods. I am a 3rd generation employee and have worked here for almost 15 years. The company have been supportive of my family and I over the years.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Premier Foods?

Ambrosia, in Devon is a large employer. It offers a good working environment for many local families.

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