• 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
  • Working with people to make sure that products are being made and they are on the shelves for customers to purchase in all major stores and outlets. Being part of the process to deliver first time right and ensure satisfaction to all of those in the supply chain internally and externally.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • You learn to adapt to an environment that can cause new problems at any point. Being able to drop everything you're doing to do the small jobs that noone wants to do because your the apprentice and you need to be able to impress people to be seen otherwise your options are limited.


  • 3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
  • The programme is poorly done. The structure means that you are moved from pillar to post with a lack of support from the company. The work is ok but you are expected to do just as well as a full time employee or graduate only without the relevant pay for the job.


  • 4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
  • The programme isn't well structured. The Academy that organise it do not understand how to manage apprentices or use basic levels of communication to tell us when major changes are happening. But they still expect us to work for them to go out and promote the apprenticeships and graduate schemes. When you finish your apprenticeship you will be on significantly less than if you applied for a graduate scheme, regardless of the degree you did alongside your work.


  • 5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
  • The company mentions a buddy system to support you through the scheme but there are several people who could not tell you who their buddy is. If you need support you have to shout up for it as the company will not come and check up on you or address any issues you say you have. it must benefit the company.


  • 6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
  • the university is supportive but the programme structure of the apprenticeship makes it the hardest thing ive done. To do a full 3 year degree in 20% of the time of a full time student means that you don't get a work life balance at all. The 20% requirement from the uni is given in work but you have to be able to tell people 'no' in order to get it, which puts you in an awkward position as you want to impress your colleagues over the uni.


  • 7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
  • The qualification tells you what you should ideally do in the workplace. However Nestle always appears to do the opposite. This can be frustrating as you are learning the best practices away from work, and then having to forget them to work in the environment and embed yourself in 'the nestle way'. But great if you're not going to stay with the company


  • 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.)
  • No. You are entitled to volunteering days to use however no one uses them and there is the social awkwardness to try and book one.


  • 9a. Would you recommend Nestle to a friend?
  • No

  • 9b. Why?
  • Great company if you want a nice wage. Not great if you want career progression. You only progress if you have the gift of the gab and can talk your way to the top rather than working hard.

  • 10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Nestle?
  • Be prepared to fight your own corner. Know what your contract says and what it doesnt. Have it clear in your mind what you want from them as you are just another number to a business this size


Degree Apprenticeship / Sponsored Degree (Level 6/7)

Engineering & Manufacturing


June 2021

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