PPS Implementation Support at Cummins

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
Daventry West Midlands
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£18,000 - £19,999

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

Partaking in project management activities, as a resource for the projects and assignments within the quality department.
Support projects through planning, tracking, research, analysis and providing input into the design and development of project plans, presentations and associated timelines. As well as engaging in constant communication with management the status of specific projects and assignments.
Maintain project notes, meeting minutes, databases and data by monitoring and publishing key performance measures within the Process.
Communicate to the Program Management Leader the status of specific projects and assignments in weekly team meetings and hurdles.
Support department process and problem solving projects from start to finish.
Database Management and Administration: I am involved in supporting the local database. In which I am required to maintain, track, and update and managing the data needed, in alliance with the respective project managers and engineers. This includes the upkeep of the minor database training in which I teach other members of staff to amend data on the database and creating training documents to help with this process
Facilitation of Internal Project Reviews: Using the Skype meetings.
Implementation of Projects: I have been able to engage in the implementation of project solutions as a project lead specifically.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I honestly enjoyed my placement year. My role and the team i worked with through the year made it quite interesting and i was able to gain a lot of experience.

The nature of my role was quite diverse and this has been beneficial as i have been able to work with a large and diverse group of people from different functions.


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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

My team created an environment that enabled me to ask as many questions, which allowed me to grow and understand my role thoroughly. I also had the opportunity to work with each and every team member one way or another.
My appreciation for team work and the opportunity to work with one is something i have been able to gain through this year.


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

My manager was always supportive and understanding, i was always able to contact them and talk to them on both a personal and professional level. This made my placement at Cummins even more enjoyable. I now understand that for growth one needs a strong support system.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

My role had a number of responsibilities which varied. As time went on my responsibilities grew and i had to strategize my responsibilities in order of priority and the consideration of other factors.

i was fairly busy on most days considering the nature of my role.


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Working at Cummins has given me the opportunity to work on actual projects. i had the opportunity to host meetings as well as work on projects that had relevant priority in the company. This gave me the opportunity to understand the company's process and products.


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I have received a numerous amount of training through out my placement year from Communication to Six Sigma training. This will definitely be beneficial in my university and future career path, as i have been able to learn and experience this first hand in my role and in the professional environment.


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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The environment at Cummins is perfect for growth. My colleagues were respectful and diverse making it quite interesting. The Inclusion and Diversity values were two key values i felt and experienced working at Cummins.


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

My role had a lot of responsibilities and i had the opportunity to work with a large number of people both locally and on a global aspect. The responsibilities were also well spaced out


9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

The training programs i was involved in at Cummins ensured i was growing at both a personal and professional level. I have had the opportunity to learn how i can work with different personalities, a key tool that has made working in a professional environment much easier.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

I do look forward to working with Cummins if given the opportunity. I have learnt a lot as well have had the opportunity to understand what i would like to pursue.



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Yes my fellow placement students were quite friendly and adventurous making it quite eventful. This has brought life long friendships.


13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

The cost of living was student friendly and socialising was not much of a problem a lot of the students were local.


14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

It was something to look forward to but not much was in Daventry as it was a small town.


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Yes, as a lot of the students were local this gave us the opportunity to work together and also form friendships through activities outside work like travelling and participating in extra curriculum activities.


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