- 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
- 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
- 3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
- 4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
- 5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
- 6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
- 7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
- 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.)
- 9a. Would you recommend Nestle to a friend?
- 9b. Why?
- 10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Nestle?
As part of the CMDA apprenticeship, you get the chance to work across 4 different functions - marketing, supply chain, sales and CDT. Within marketing, I was an assistant brand manager and was responsible for a number of projects and they were all based on building brand awareness for our NPD launching.
I have learnt many skills throughout my time on scheme, starting with project management skills, when I was in marketing I had numerous projects which all had deadlines, so it was important that I managed my time effectively and prioritised what needed to be done, in order to complete everything on time and to a high standard.
I thoroughly enjoy the programme, I am able to gain experiencing and also get a degree at the same time. The roles which are given to the apprentices are actually real jobs so you gain a full understanding of the different functions and there is always opportunities to shadow other employees if you would like to extend your knowledge further.
I believe the programme is very well structured, the courses at university match what your roles entail, so when doing assignments you can give real life examples and show how your job benefits the company. Time is allocated for university studies within the working week and support is always there if needed.
Support is something which is highly valued at Nestle, as an apprentice you will have a 'buddy' within Nestle Academy who is always there to help, then you will have a 'buddy' in your team to help support you in your role. Regular 121's with line managers occur which is a great time to ask for extra support if needs be.
As part of the apprenticeship you study at Sheffield Hallam University and attend for 5 days every 6 weeks, however will be expected to complete assignments away from the university block. If any problems arise support is always offered, and there are regular drop in sessions for any questions or concerns that students may have.
Each assignment is based around a function and as part of the scheme you rotate around 4 different functions so when it comes to assignments you can use the knowledge you have built up to help you. You can also put what you learn into action, there are many theories which are studied at university and it can be interesting to see whether Nestle adopt any of these.
Across the company there are many sports and socials which is a great opportunity to network and meet new people across the different functions, activities range from mini golf in London to dinners. You are also given two volunteering days given to you, which is a great opportunity to do your part to help society and you can do this with people from work.
I think it is a great company to work for, there is such a lovely culture where everyone is willing to help, especially to those on apprenticeships schemes. There are lots of work initiatives put in place like the bring your dog to work scheme which helps to massively with mental health - something that is really taken seriously by Nestle.
Be yourself, Nestle are looking to see what you as a person can bring to the company. When in the interview stages make sure to give examples of your past experiences e.g. situations you have been in where you may have had to deal with a difficult customer in a previous job?
Degree Apprenticeship / Sponsored Degree (Level 6/7)
Sales, Marketing & Procurement
Crawley, West Sussex