Technology Apprentice at Tesco

Start Date:
Welwyn Garden City Central London & City
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£18,000 annually
Review Date:
May 2015

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


Several roles: 1). Hardware Environments -Building Live Tesco estate environments -Configuring all Tesco estate devices -Remotely supporting devices -SQL scripting -Linux support (supporting update of servers and tills) -Rebuilding network environment in full (Switches/routing/patching)

2). Software and Device development -Setting up and configuring the Hudl 2 Press Launch event from an IT perspective (Ap's & Config) -Creating automated test scripts using Java -Flashing and capturing bug logs from Hudl devices

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


Agile training (Foundation and Practitioner) Windows 7 support Linux commandline Presentation and personal impact skills Taking people with you Networking Cisco router/switch config Monitoring applications

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


Teams are very inviting Big company has perks There is always work to be done Could have been better structured at times

4. How valued do you feel by Tesco?


Line manager was very appreciative and guiding Apprentices do sometimes get seen as a lower standard of employee I was Involved with tasks that provided good learning

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


Good induction with 2 year roadmap, however organisational restructures meant the roadmap could not always be followed and was sometimes left in the dark Support from Line managers and Mentors was Great!

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


Always had a line manager and mentor who always wanted you to approach them for help and advice. Some were better than others

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


When I needed support I always got it. HR are always an email a way although it does sometimes take a while for a response There is always someone for you to consolidate with

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


Fairly well, but growing older always demands new costs/expenses Out of Office expenses can be claimed back (EG travel to a different location other than work place)

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


IT Sports day Golf day IT Talent Hackathlon Catchups

9. Would you recommend Tesco to a friend?


9b. Why?

I've grown in my understanding of large organisation business and gained many skills from technical to management. It is a friendly environment to work in that poses lots of opportunities for progression

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Tesco?

Do you research about retail Having a background in retail helps DONT BE AFRAID TO TALK TO PEOPLE! (Biggest help in your career) This might not be for the devoted technically orientated person

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