1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
The role I am placed in is a Data Analysis role. This includes understanding data provided, restructuring it to allow efficiency when using the data and also loading data to relational databases and distributed file systems.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I've learnt multiple new skills such as using data manipulation techniques, coding in multiple environments and general database knowledge and information in the field of data, analytics and live data.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I am thrilled with how well the program has went as I've learned a lot and experienced many new objetives and challenges in the role I'm in. This has allowed me to expand my knowledge, communication skills and general work ethic through this modern apprenticeship scheme.
4. How valued do you feel by RBS?
RBS have many values which people stick by which I won't specify here but they are all for equality and making sure everyone has a pleasant experience in the work place. I feel I'm well rewarded and appreciated for the work I do.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The program is continuously improving which is astonishing as of how smooth it has been for myself. I'm within the second cohort of apprentices for RBS, the first cohort were the trial and they have had a pleasant experience as I've heard from them on this. All feedback provided by them went into the improvement of the scheme overall which improved the entire process for myself. The feedback myself and the second cohort of apprentices give to RBS will also be implemented to continuously make the apprenticeship even better for new recruits. The overall structure has been brilliant and I can speak for everyone when I say it has been an amazing learning and working experience.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
From the iniciation of the apprenticeship we had training on basic workplace knowledge all the way up to courses on using different operating systems and for certain apprentices there were other training opportunitys. I myself have had multiple training courses advancing my skills in Z/OS a linux based operating system, teradata and SAS toolsets which are database and visual analyics programs. They are very supporting in assuring we learn a lot from each training session.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer is incredibly supportive as they always assure that I'm getting the most out of college which I attend every wednesday for further education and also with my training opportunitys within the workplace.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary sufficiently meets my costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are training opportunitys at different training centres in Edinburgh two of which I have attended personally. While also attending Motherwell College (New College Lanarcshire) which is currently ranked the number one college in the uk.
9. Would you recommend RBS to a friend?
Great experiences, colleages, friendships, learning and an amazing work ethic. There is no reason I would not reccomend as RBS is a great place to work.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to RBS?
A great tip for people applying to RBS would be that if you start working for RBS and the role you are given is not what you expected they are very understanding and allow opportunity to move team so there is minimum chance of being disatisfied working there.
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