Production scheduling, continuous lean improvements to the manufacturing area, redesigning of various manufacturing equipment and rooms. Metric report writing
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Great team to work with, but not an easy going job. This job is testing and you will be given some difficult tasks that will really make you work hard. But with the good people it is made enjoyable.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Youre not just an intern, youre a valued member of a team. You are tasked with a huge range of jobs all of which are important whether they are day to day or long term projects.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I couldnt have asked for better guidance and help in both professional development and working tasks.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Can get overwhelming, no one likes working 45 hour weeks. You are never stuck doing nothing - that is for certain. Cooper will make sure they "get their moneys worth" out of you so to speak, and will make sure youre always doing something useful. You will continually be doing tasks that also help develop you as a person too which is great.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I planned and coordinated the relocation of the entire office team of Cooper Fire (50 people). That was really fun. I also introduced a new product range into the manufacturing lines which again is a major project which will remain prominent after I leave.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The past year has given me more experience and "real time" learning than the past two years of my degree. Having said this, as for academic learning I have learnt nothing this year. But I can not deny that my soft skills and general "working life" skills have been developed far beyond what I expected.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
People are friendly and very helpful all of the time.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It is clear that a lot of work went into making this placement as good as it is. They will look after you, put you in contact with other interns, put you on various training courses and tailor work to you that will benefit you personally.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I had five seperate training courses set up by headquarters to help give me a better base and a bigger skill set to work with, as well as many different ad hoc training courses throughout the year. If you want to make your own opportunities that is also available too.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Good for a generic graduate wanting a well paid, well rounded graduate job.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
We went out a fair few times, mainly after training. Always a good laugh!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived for very cheap and went out on many different occasions - very well rounded prices.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Not that amazing but I am a little spoilt having gone out in cities like London and Cardiff before coming to Doncaster.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Any birthdays or leaving dos everyone got invited to - its nice to be involved in everything and for people to want to have you around.