Boots is Ready for National Apprenticeship Week 2013
Applications for the Boots Apprenticeship Programme 2013 open on Friday 1st March, just prior to
National Apprenticeship Week.
London, United Kingdom, February 23, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Greg successfully landed a place on the
Boots Apprenticeship Programme and talks about his experience. Applications for the Boots
Apprenticeship Programme 2013 open on Friday 1st March.
Greg discussed why he chose the Boots Apprentice Programme in an interview:
Greg originally thought about going to university, but had a change of heart after coming across the Boots
Apprenticeship programme on the National Apprenticeship website. His decision to join Boots was in
large part influenced by his uncle, who had previously worked at Boots and had a brilliant experience
working for the company.
Greg spoke about the application process for the Apprentice Scheme:
He first applied online and undertook a maths test and behavioural test which was later followed by a
telephone interview. After passing these first few stages, he was then invited to a presentation day, where
he was able to discover what the Apprenticeship programme fully had to offer, as well as learn about the
various functional areas within the business, such as IT, HR and Marketing. He was also able to speak to
a lot of different people who worked within these departments, which he really appreciated as he could
ask them any questions. Greg enjoyed his experience and comments: “The tours and presentations were
great as these gave an insight on Boots, especially on how the different functions interrelate.”
Greg went on to discuss the Assessment Centre for the Apprentice Programme:
Following the presentation day, Greg took part in an assessment centre with 8 other applicants. The
activities involved a one-on-one interview, a practice exercise, a tour, and a presentation. The
atmosphere, he said, was friendly and supportive - “the day wasn't stressful at all, everyone was relaxed
and helped put you at ease as soon as you got there.”
Greg talked about his time in store and his first placement:
Having successfully landed a place on the Boots Apprenticeship programme, he then had two months
experience working in a store. Following this, he joined the IT department as an IT Analyst. Greg's
decision to pursue IT was fuelled by his long-term interest and enjoyment of the subject during GCSEs
and A-Levels. Boots has numerous graduate jobs available but the Apprenticeship programme was a way
for Gregg to directly enter the IT workplace.
He describes his role in IT as very varied and particularly appreciates the training that he has received in
customer service as this has boosted his confidence and improved his skills. He notes that one great
aspect of working at Boots is the potential to become involved in a number of projects, and he is currently
working towards gaining greater responsibility. He is particularly proud of having delivered customer
service training and receiving positive feedback from his manager. Since beginning his role, he
comments: “I'm definitely continuing to learn, every day I make an effort to get involved in different
projects to develop myself.” In comparing his first responsibilities as an apprentice with those he
currently holds, he describes them as “massively different” as he continues to develop and prove his
capabilities to his team.
When asked what he regards as a motivating factor for working at Boots, Greg replied that the job
opportunities are fantastic and that there is plenty of support for those relocating to different departments.
Greg gave advice for anyone considering a Boots Apprenticeship: He suggested they ensure that they do
their research before applying and to learn about Boots. He was impressed with the internal mentoring
system designed to pair apprentices up with a colleague who can provide helpful advice and assist with
new projects. He wholly recommends having a mentor as it makes an apprenticeship experience more
Applications for the Boots Apprenticeship Programme 2013 open on Friday 1st March. Find out more:
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