- Name: Jeff Puckering
- Role: Professional Trainee
- Joined: 2018
"There's so much training available. That's why NFU Mutual was made for
There's so much training available. That's why NFU Mutual was made
for me. I knew I had the ability to develop a career here, I just needed
the training to give me the specialist knowledge.
I'm only three months into the Professional Trainee Scheme. I'm on
the corporate scheme and we do four placements over three years. When I
say we, there's only four of us on my scheme! Which is great, because it
means you have a lot of time, energy and resources focused on you.
At the moment I'm in HR, then it's off to Marketing, then Strategy.
My final placement's with Group Programme Management. It's great to get
such a broad view of the company. Yes, it can be pretty intense but it's
impressive to know that the company is putting that much investment into
you and your development. In my current placement, I've been shadowing
people on a couple of HR projects. They're big projects which affect a
large part of the business, so I get quite a lot of exposure to senior
managers. I also have – and I've been pleasantly surprised by this –
real input into these projects.
Your ideas are listened to and, providing they're good ones, taken on
board as part of the plan. I've also been to one of the regional service
centres and plan to visit all nine of them. So I'm getting out and
about. And I love that. I mean, it's quite easy, in a role like HR, to
get trapped at your desk, but it's not like that here. You're encouraged
to see the business, meet people and spread your wings!