Blend Test Services - Industrial Placement Student at Lubrizol

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Derby East Midlands
Review Date
Salary
£14,000 - £15,999
Roles
Chemistry

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8.3/10

The Role
8.8
Organisation
7.6

Socialising

8.5

The Role

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

Lubrizol is a great company to work for. I learned valuable work and life skills and met an amazing group of people. Truly enjoyed my year.

9/10

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

After all the relevant training I was made to feel like a full-time member of staff by everyone. I was treated like any other member of staff and was never made to feel like a hindrance.

10/10

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

I was given very good support when needed and also taught when to ask for help and when to trust my own judgement. There was also other members of staff around to ask any questions, I was never only reliant on my manager or supervisor.

8/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

The volume of work fluctuated on a daily basis, however as I was responsible for my own work load I ensured that I would never be left with nothing to do, whilst maintaining a good work balance to ensure tasks were completed to the highest standard.

8/10

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

I was responsible for my daily workload and also given plenty of opportunity to take on more, or new challenges. As I worked in a small laboratory communication was essential among the staff to ensure all tasks were completed efficiently, especially if team members were on holiday.

9/10

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

I developed valuable laboratory skills which will help in my final year and any future job roles. I also developed a number of personal skills including, but not limited to; time management, presentation skills and customer service.

9/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere in my office could be varied depending on the workload, however, it was never tense or unwelcoming, if anyone came to ask a question someone would always stop their work and help. As it was an office of boys, I learned a lot more about the Derby and Nottingham football teams than I really wanted too!

7/10

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

Generally very organised and everyone was always willing to pick up suggestions for improvements for the next year of students.

8/10

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

The company invested a lot in all their students, from the highly important training, like working with hazardous substances to some non-compulsory courses including manual handling and presentation skills.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Company Car
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • National Travel
  • International Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare from home
  • Healthcare/Dental
  • Travel loan
8/10

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

Quite a few previous students are working in Lubrizol, within BTS or elsewhere, so there may be the option of future employment if any positions are available.

7/10

Social

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

The social scene was alright, many of the students studied around the midlands so went to visit friends or families most weekends, but at least twice a month there would be some sort of night out or trip organised.

8/10

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

Generally living was quite cheap as long as you had a car, otherwise you were shopping in the local supermarkets which are more expensive. As Derby is a student city there was always student deals of sort, from bars to clothes shops.

8/10

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

As Derby is a student city there were a number of bars and clubs, some better than others, but like any other city good nights out were often dependant on who you were with. As long as there was a good group of people nights out were great.

8/10

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

The sports and social club were very active, generally at least once a month there would be a trip of some sort, for example, GoApe, go-karting, trips to York and London, outdoor climbing days and caving trips. There were also a number of weekly sports sessions including badminton and indoor climbing.

10/10

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