1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My apprenticeship looks at both fashion merchandising and buying in F&F. I spend one year as a trainee in both roles,and after this can decide which I would like to follow as my profession. Alongside this I also study part time at the Fashion Retail Academy for a Level Four Diploma.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
In my current role as a trainee merchandiser I have learnt new skills using excel, analysing and negiotating.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy my programme, and the opportunity it gives me to experience two sides of the fashion industry. I also get to travel into London and study, which allows me to experience fashion theory 'outside of Tesco'.
4. How valued do you feel by Tesco?
As apprentices we are given amazing opportunites in the business, for example regular meetings with our CEO and directors. This not only supports us in our current roles, but allows us to see other sides of the wider F&F business.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My program is very structured- two year programme, one year in each role, one day at the FRA (Fashion Retail Academy) every two weeks. This structure helps my team support me in my learning, as they understand where I am on the course.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
As school leavers we have a dedicated Early Careers team that not only offer us suppor but also organise training for us. This training is less task-orientated, and focuses on developing us- for example, presentation and innovation training.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Our teams were prepped before receiving apprentices about our course and what we aim to achieve. In my experience they are eager to help with this and want to support me (whether that be through covering me when I go on training or looking at college work) whenever they can.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I have had to relocate in order to join F&F, and my salary allows me to live away from home and still enjoy my spare time comfortably.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Hatfield (where F&F is based) is a student area but it's alot quieter than I expected. Whilst teams sometimes organise social events outside of work, it is socially a very different experience to university.
9. Would you recommend Tesco to a friend?
Tesco has given me an opportunity to get ahead in the fashion industry that I never thought would be possible without going to university.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Tesco?
If you decide to apply with Tesco, just be yourself. They understand that we are young and potentially inexperienced, and so are only looking for personality, drive and enthusiasm.
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