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  • Sophie Gray | Apprenticeships | Veolia UK
    Sophie Gray Junior Chemist What apprenticeship are you doing?
    Junior Chemist - A “junior” role of the usual Laboratory analyst position. Studying for a degree with the Open University in Natural Sciences - Chemistry, sponsored by the company.

    What attracted you to Veolia?
    I liked the idea of being part of a global organisation as I knew that there would be plenty of opportunities for internal mobility/career development once I have completed my degree.

    What development are your receiving as part of your apprenticeship?
    Aside from my degree, I have been trained across various departments on my site and have also been sent to other sites to work in different areas of the business - giving me a better understanding of the different services Veolia offer and also expanding my skill set and improving social skills.

    What support do you receive from Veolia?
    I am given time off to study around exam time which is important for revision.

    What is the best thing about working for Veolia?
    I like that Veolia are keen to give recognition for people’s hard work and achievements. They seem to be employee-driven which makes me feel valued and that our wellbeing is genuinely important to them.

    What is it like in your team?
    Although I am by far the youngest, least experienced member of my team, I still feel respected and my opinion is valued. My colleagues have always been happy to help - whether with a university assignment I’m struggling, or just answering my many curious questions about their job role and previous experiences. I am also only one of two females in a team of 15+, which, although I had trepidations at first, has not hindered my career development or general wellbeing in work in any way.

    What have you achieved that has made you feel proud during the time on your apprenticeship so far?
    Last year, I received a Local Hero award for my commitment as a STEMNet ambassador, which entails hosting and organising events with school pupils in the hope to inspire and encourage them to pursue STEM careers. Following this award, I was shortlisted and chosen for the Regional Hero Award, and was invited to make a speech at the Manager’s Conference Gala Dinner in May.

    What advice/hints/tips could you offer someone who wanted to apply for an apprenticeship at Veolia?
    I would advise to invest some time researching the business and trying to choose a path that interests you the most. As Veolia offer hundreds of services to our customers, the nature of the job role may be very different depending on the site/division in which you work (e.g. a lab analyst in the haz waste division might do very different things to one in the water division).
  • Anne Desous | Apprenticeships | Veolia UK
    Anne Desous Business Administration What apprenticeship are you doing?
    NVQ Level 4 Business Administration - To help develop my skills and knowledge needed in a business environment. (Sponsored by the company)

    What attracted you to Veolia?
    When I applied for a position within Veolia, the main thing that attracted me to the business was the Veolia values. I liked the idea of working for a company that upholds certain standards and instilling those standards across the board. I also knew there would be plenty of opportunity for progression within the company if I continued to progress and show how much I was willing to work hard.

    What development are your receiving as part of your apprenticeship?
    My personal development has taken a turn for the better, I have become more confident in my ability to understand and perform tasks. I have been given extra responsibilities to encourage my progression and push towards higher management which is my ultimate goal.

    What support do you receive from Veolia?
    My line manager understands the need for study time and I regularly discuss the topics with him so that I can see how they can be put into practice in a fully working environment and not just in theory.

    What is the best thing about working for Veolia?
    My time at Veolia has been fairly short. During my time here, I have enjoyed camaraderie but also diplomacy and professionalism. I believe it is up to the individual to achieve and excel within their position. I have been supported in my endeavours to achieve a higher level of education through the learning provided by the Veolia campus, both from my tutors and my fellow colleagues.

    What is it like in your team?
    I represent one of the senior team members whose role is really an “all rounder”, I participate in all the inner workings of the workshop. I am currently a Mentor for an apprentice who started with the business in April 2017. I have enjoyed teaching and watching her learn and progress over the past few months and am happy to provide her with the help and support similar to when I first started in Veolia. My team work well together to help ensure the smooth running of the workshop.

    What have you achieved that has made you feel proud during the time on your apprenticeship so far?
    I have completed 7 assignments which have each been over 2000+ words long. That is a huge achievement for me and I have been so pleased with the grades that I received for them.

    What advice/hints/tips could you offer someone who wanted to apply for an apprenticeship at Veolia?
    Research the business. What about Veolia appeals to you? Find out what your strengths and weaknesses are and what you can  bring to the business. Apprenticeships offer hands on learning but you only get out, what you put in, don’t expect more unless you are willing to put more in. Work hard and you can achieve anything!
  • Kyle James | Apprenticeships | Veolia UK
    Kyle James Heavy Goods Vehicle Maintenance What apprenticeship are you doing?
    I am doing a Heavy Goods Vehicle maintenance apprenticeship at Level 3.

    What attracted you to Veolia?
    What attracted me the most was how big the company is and how successful Veolia is. I just wanted to  be a part of a very successful company and improve my skills and knowledge along the way.

    What development are you receiving as part of your apprenticeship?
    I am attending college on block release where I am learning all about heavy goods vehicles and gaining new knowledge to take back into the workshop. I am also developing my hands on skills working alongside my mentor.

    What support do you receive from Veolia?
    I receive a lot of support off the team I work alongside. If I don’t understand something the team will take the time to explain it to me and help me gain the knowledge I need for the trade.

    What is the best thing about working for Veolia?
    The best thing about working for Veolia is I am working as part of a successful team and any support I need is given which is helping me develop in to my trade.

    What is it like in your team?
    My team are very helpful towards me and are willing to take time out of the day to help if I am stuck with anything, Also they get me involved in all sorts of work which is helping me with my mechanical skills. I feel my team is very successful and are very motivated in completing tasks to the required standards.

    What have you achieved that has made you feel proud during the time on your apprenticeship so far?
    The things I have achieved so far on my apprenticeship on the college side is keeping up to date on all my work and also passing all my end of block tests. In the workshop I have achieved being able to do certain jobs without guidance and after the job is complete letting my peers check the job. The feedback I’ve received is very positive and makes me proud.

    What advice/hints/tips could you offer someone who wanted to apply for an apprenticeship at Veolia?
    The advice I would give is be yourself, be honest, show your interest in the job you are applying for and also do some research on the company. The opportunity you are getting is huge!
  • Adam Clayton | Apprenticeships | Veolia UK
    Adam Clayton Accounts Payable Apprentice What apprenticeship are you doing?
    Accounts Payable Apprentice – I worked in accounts payable posting invoices in 2016 and journals in 2017. This has given me an insight into what the accountants see when we are posting the costs to their accounts whilst also dealing with vendors.

    What attracted you to Veolia?
    I have family which work in Veolia and also knew a previous manager before working in Veolia so I already knew quite a bit about the company. Also, I didn’t want to go to University as I could study whilst working during the apprenticeship.

    What development are your receiving as part of your apprenticeship?
    I have been given a great insight to how the finance system operates and also developing both social skills and skills within the system and excel. It’s also helped boost my confidence: both in my own ability and talking to people from other companies.

    What support do you receive from Veolia?
    I was told I could leave early in preparation for any evening classes and also given time off for my exam and study leave. I am also encouraged by both my team leader and manager to book exams.

    What is the best thing about working for Veolia?
    The best thing about working for Veolia is how everyone is willing to help and answer any questions if you’re struggling. This means that you’re not afraid to make a mistake and ask a question if you need help.

    What is it like in your team?
    Although I am by far the youngest, least experienced member of my team, I still feel respected and my opinion is valued. My colleagues & team leader have always been happy to help me if I’m struggling with workload and study schedule.

    What have you achieved that has made you feel proud during the time on your apprenticeship so far?
    Last year I won the apprentice of the year award in the corporate section of the business along with the local hero’s award in Finance. As part of this I went to the Veolia Apprentice of the Year event at the House of Commons. This made me feel like helping others has been appreciated and all the changes I have implemented in the working environment and systems have benefited others.

    What advice/hints/tips could you offer someone who wanted to apply for an apprenticeship at Veolia?
    I would advise anyone who wanted to apply for an apprenticeship at Veolia to look at what they wanted to study before starting the apprenticeship. This is so they get the full value of the apprenticeship and learn whilst working. Then to set themselves goals for what they want to achieve each year so they can track themselves and motivate themselves to reach their full potential.
  • Dean Phipps | Apprenticeships | Veolia UK
    Dean Phipps Engineering Maintenance / Electrical Engineering What apprenticeship are you doing?
    Level 3 in engineering maintenance/ electrical engineering

    What attracted you to Veolia?
    Veolia has a long and diverse history with an enviable reputation based upon its ethics and values. I saw the chance to work for such a company a great opportunity.

    What development are you receiving as part of your apprenticeship?
    As part of my apprenticeship I have completed a mechanical engineering course, started a HNC in electrical/electronic engineering whilst also undertaking my NVQ in engineering maintenance. I have also attended courses including:
    • IOSH safety passport
    • Roadside health and safety
    • Health and safety in the workplace
    • Abrasive wheels training
    • Respiratory protective equipment training

    What support do you receive from Veolia?
    I receive ongoing support from a network of people including my assigned mentor, contracts manager and learning advisor.
    What is the best thing about working for Veolia?

    I believe the best thing about working for Veolia to be the wide variety of work undertaken by the company. It exposes you to a plethora of processes and operations you never knew existed, such as turning ice cream waste into energy!

    What is it like in your team?
    Our team is across two midlands based water effluent plants. Good teamwork and trust are high on our list of priorities as our work requires efficient communication and confidence in each other’s abilities.

    What have you achieved that has made you feel proud during the time on your apprenticeship so far?
    I believe I have grown in confidence during my apprenticeship due to the continued development and support given to me to allow me to grow into my role.

    What advice/hints/tips could you offer someone who wanted to apply for an apprenticeship at Veolia?
    If you are an ambitious individual seeking to develop your skills and knowledge, and work in a challenging and rewarding industry helping to “resource the world” then just be yourself.
  • Joe Cotton | Apprenticeships | Veolia UK
    Joe Cotton Operations and Maintenance (Electrical and Mechanical) What apprenticeship are you doing?
    I am doing an operations and maintenance (electrical and mechanical) apprenticeship level 3.

    What attracted you to Veolia?
    What attracted me the most was the functions and processes in an ERF which most outside people would not know about. Another aspect was how much opportunity there is to move up and go higher within the company.

    What development are you receiving as part of your apprenticeship?
    I am attending college weekly doing my NVQ level 2 at the minute then  moving onto a level 3 course afterwards. I am also developing my electrical and mechanical skills whilst learning the processes and maintenance routines of the plant.

    What support do you receive from Veolia?  
    Everyone on plant is willing to help out and support me if needed. Also other people,such as People Development, have expressed how support is there again if needed.

    What is the best thing about working for Veolia?
    I believe the main thing for me would be the fact that I am enjoying being here. I’m always doing something different which allows a broader view and understanding of the plant.

    What is it like in your team?
    At the minute I am working with the maintenance team, they’re constantly getting me involved with the jobs to build my understanding and confidence. We also have a good laugh and I feel I get on well with them. Also even though I haven’t spent a great deal of time with the operation shifts yet, they are all willing to help out and point me in the right direction.

    What have you achieved that has made you feel proud during the time on your apprenticeship so far?
    I guess the main one would be that so far in all the exams and jobs we have done, I have achieved distinctions. However I am very pleased with how well I am understanding the plant and learning jobs considering the short period of time I have spent here.

    What advice/hints/tips could you offer someone who wanted to apply for an apprenticeship at Veolia?
    I would just say to go for it. I myself never realised what an opportunity it was until I had started but it is such a good industry to enter early on. A tip I would give is just to be yourself, do not try to be something you are not. I personally had no engineering background before I came here having just left school at 16 and I have fitted in well around site.
  • Richard Sellars | Apprenticeships | Veolia UK
    Richard Sellars Driving Goods Vehicles What apprenticeship are you doing?
    Driving Goods Vehicles

    What attracted you to Veolia?
    I was already working for Veolia as a loader and was looking to advance within the company.

    What development are you receiving as part of your apprenticeship?
    I am now fully qualified to drive LGV, have a better knowledge of driving and I have improved my Maths and English.

    What support do you receive from Veolia?
    Regular visits with advice which gave me a confidence boost to carry on and complete the apprenticeship and gain the qualification.

    What is the best thing about working for Veolia?
    It is a fair company to work for and they go above and beyond to protect you. They are way above legislation when it come to transport. They maintain standards and have your safety at the centre. 

    What is it like in your team?
    Brilliant team. I now have my own round and we get on really well. We work well together and time at work flies.

    What have you achieved that has made you feel proud during the time on your apprenticeship so far?
    My Maths and English  was a big achievement for me as I hadn’t studied in a number of years. Plus being a fully qualified driver has also given me a real boost.

    What advice/hints/tips could you offer someone who wanted to apply for an apprenticeship at Veolia? Get straight into it and ask about opportunities to progress - they are there!