1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is Local Marketing Apprentice. Within my role I assist with the production and implementation of Local marketing for Co-operative food stores. I have learned to balance a working life of creativity and organisation. In my role I have met some truly inspiration people who have worked their way up from my level and have now become executives or top ranking members of what I like to refer to as my working family. The relation ship I have with my main team is one of a very close knit nature and as previously mention one of a family like nature. I have never felt so happy in my job as I can say I feel today as I feel respected and valued.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have been on various courses ranging from IT to customer relations courses which I feel will stand me in good stead for future positions. I feel as though across the business there are a lot of people who are more than happy to help me progress with my learning by taking the time out to sit and show me a new technique or an old school trick of the trade, I have also developed personally with the direct help of my manager Georgina who has been my rock through my apprenticship she has personally mentored me into a better asset to myself and the business. I feel that without the guidance I received from This section of the comment has been removed by a member of the RateMyApprenticeship Team because it did not meet our site terms and conditions (Head of Talent) who has always been there to assist me with my personal development I wouldn't still be at the Co-op today as I feel myself that I have developed as an employee and as a person 10 fold.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I absolutely adore my job! I feel honoured to work in such a loving and accepting work place! I have never felt excited to come to work before now and for that I am truly grateful! some of the best advice and guidance I have ever had is from some of the older 'office mummy's' That look after all of the younger employees. although at times I can get quite stressed with work load there is always somebody you can turn to. It is also not a cliquey place to work as I have relationships with people across the entire business.
4. How valued do you feel by Co-op?
I feel extremely valued by members of my team as they often invest their time to ask for my opinion on artwork and so on. I am not treated like a child just because I am an apprentice I am treated as if I am one of them!
I feel that many of the more senior members of the Co-op take my progression as a project and they are always dropping me emails to check how I am and offer their support which I find amazing that somebody so senior takes the time to do!
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme I have is extremely well structured and the workload is balanced so that I can still complete day to day tasks at the same time as my apprentice workbooks.
Alongside 6 workbooks I complete at least 2 visual observations with This section of the comment has been removed by a member of the RateMyApprenticeship Team because it did not meet our site terms and conditions my assessor from Learn direct who comes into the office.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive a lot of support that is anything from a quick email from my main assessor to meeting in Starbucks for a catch up and a quick observation. I Feel like I could go to This section of the comment has been removed by a member of the RateMyApprenticeship Team because it did not meet our site terms and conditions especially at learn direct for help if I felt uneasy with any of my work or work load. I also feel that because my manager This section of the comment has been removed by a member of the RateMyApprenticeship Team because it did not meet our site terms and conditions made a good connection with Learn direct they are all here to help me collectively.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a lot of support from the Coop as a business as they allow me to book 1 day out of the office a month to focus entirely on my workbooks that are compulsory in my qualification I feel this is very understanding of the business and is a way of showing that I have their support.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
To be honest it doesn't cover the cost of living in a way that a normal job would. Sometimes I do moan that I don't get paid enough but then I remember that I am still learning and after I have qualified I will be in with an excellent change of moving onto a better paid job with more experience than most people my age
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
The Co-op is involved in many charity events such as CRTG Awards, Grocery Aid charity and many others. I have the opportunity to attend may of these events which are as follows, Golf Day, Awards Dinners, Networking events.
Also in the Office we have a company Gym and receive a discount provided by the Co-op for Printworks in Manchester for leisure outside of work.
9a. Would you recommend Co-op to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because it is a joy to come to work! And it is also a home from home I feel privallidged everyday!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Co-op? *
Be yourself! Stay Focussed on your end Goals! Never be afraid to challenge yourself and be creative!
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