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 --( 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 enriching.

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Alexandra Bairstow