1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is Technology apprentice. Daily tasks depend on what team you are in at the time. The programme is based on a rotation between several teams this is good as you gain experience in several teams. With the placements you can also learn what you enjoy doing and what you are good at doing. Daily interactions internally are always really positive, it is a friendly environment to work in. Also with the organisation being as large as it is you can meet people from different background and with different experience. As you spend time in your team you are given responsibilities and projects to work on.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
While being on the programme, you are working to a level 4 qualification in IT and telecoms. This involves you going to college at certain times to learn the content. You are assessed via coursework which you submit for each module you learn. There are also many development days that you attend which build on current skills and also help you develop new skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The programme is enjoyable. With the size of the organisation there is a large amount of work that you can get stuck into. From my experiences the teams have all been very welcoming and helpful in allowing you to settle in. I have enjoyed the programme thus far.
4. How valued do you feel by Tesco?
I do feel valued by Tesco. There is recognition from managers and teams when a good standard of work has been completed. Tesco does allow you to get stuck into important large projects which does make you feel valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is organised and well structured, The placements and breaks for college are well planned out. Along with this training and induction weeks were well planned to ease us into work and get us appropriately settled in the workplace.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
There is a tutor at college who provides guidance and support, the tutor is there to assist us with work if we are finding anything particularly difficult. They also are available to help with any issues that you may be facing while on the programme.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There is a large amount of support from the employer. Your manager provides a lot of support and is someone you meet regularly to catch up and talk about your progress and any issues you may have. You also have a mentor and a buddy who are there too aid your development or help with any issues you may be facing.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary on the scheme is good, it is sufficient to deal with living costs, travel costs and all other costs. The salary is very competitive based on the area and other similar schemes.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Working in such a large organisation means there are a large number of opportunities to get involved with outside of work. There are many sports teams that you can join, there are also many company activities and events that take place.
9. Would you recommend Tesco to a friend?
Tesco is a large organisation that is great to work for. The apprenticeship programme provides a great opportunity for young people and really gives you a good shot at progressing through the ranks.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Tesco?
The application process may seem like it is long but I would suggest that you stick with it and make sure you try your best at every stage because it is definitely worth it for a place on the scheme.
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