• 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
  • Following technicians on the shop floor, assisting with maintaining the plant and partaking in workshop overhauls of equipment, with some tasks being undertaken independently when proven competent.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I am developing my existing theoretical knowledge and applying this to a real-world application.


  • 3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
  • Overall the programme is good, however as with any workplace there is a couple of catch points with management but not just for apprentices, these catch points are applicable to all in the departments.


  • 4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
  • The program is managed mostly by the college and timetables are loosely kept and deadlines change however the on-site work (majority of the time) are left for your own management within a timeframe. Site management don’t know what the apprenticeship fully entails.


  • 5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
  • Direct site management don’t fully know what is entailed within the scheme, however my departmental management and frontline team consist of a few ex-apprentices who know more what the scheme entails and the requirements so assist wherever possible.


  • 6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
  • When on-site with the training provider tutorship and support from tutors is excellent, however once back on site this support tails off as tutors are focusing on people they have on site and the course manager’s to-do list is always very long however he does try to reply.


  • 7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
  • The qualification is very specifically titled to the industry however is a generic practical engineering course. Some of the units seem only partially applicable, however those that are useful give the foundation knowledge you can then apply through on-site activities.


  • 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.)
  • Not particularly - most of these seem to be available to people who don’t work in the factory, however there are some opportunities. Some maintenance teams organise some socials amongst themselves so to get in with these groups is beneficial.


  • 9a. Would you recommend Nestle to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 9b. Why?
  • Reasonable qualification and resultant career prospects for a young person not wanting to go to university.

  • 10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Nestle?
  • Remember, this scheme is factory based, so be prepared for factory working hours and timeframes.


Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)

Engineering & Manufacturing


May 2022

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