Apprentice engineer at Premier Foods

Start Date:
2018
Location:
Shropshire
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Review Date:
April 2021

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Review Score

8/10

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

8/10

My role is to assist on mechanical breakdowns, participation in preventative maintenance, deliver training, to assist operators so they are able to reach maximum output and reduce downtime and minimise waste. I am also required to input data into sap and produce work orders to log my work and order parts required

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

8/10

I have learnt a lot of skills through both my course and my co workers. I am continuing to learn from them and I have 3 months left to finish my NVQ. I am also learning new skills in different departments as I want to broaden my knowledge in different areas around the plant

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

8/10

I really enjoy the practical side of learning and having more hands on training. I enjoyed doing my PEO in college on my first year as it was all about machining and using workshop equipment. I enjoy fault finding and resolving issues, taking things apart and seeing how they work

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

8/10

My program for the past 3 years has been structured well. I know where I am, what I have to do and where I need to be. My college are very helpful if I need help in any area and they are just a phone call away if I get stuck with anything out of hours

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

8/10

The support I have received from my co-workers has been amazing, they have been a great help. I have been made to feel part of a team and I am enjoying working with and learning from them. My current manager has also been a great help and I feel I can approach him at anytime

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

8/10

My training provider has been very supportive, we have regular meetings and targets are set. He has given me all the information that I need to continue working despite COVID and during challenging times. Restrictions haven’t helped our meetings but we have worked around this and we are still on target

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

8/10

My qualifications will help me a lot. I have gained a better understanding and have gained a lot of knowledge about the plant. Because I now know more it makes me stop and think more about the task and how to go about doing it. I enjoy it a lot more

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.)

8/10

We have a social club which, before the coronavirus, I was a regular. We also have various competitions at work which are organised through the reception coordinator. We also have a welfare and committee who organise events which we can chose to take part in, like days out to theme parks

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

Yes

9b. Why?

I have worked at Knighton for 19.5 years. I have alway put an effort into my work and they have always supported me. If the next 19.5 years are like the last, I will be pleased with what I have accomplished. Hopefully I will have a long and happy career

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

If you put the effort in, you will reap the rewards. Work hard play hard. Always show an interest and always adapt to change. Have a positive attitude and a good work ethic. Be friendly and approachable and enjoy what you do. Help others and never be afraid to ask for help

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