I was brought on at a company 9 months ago as part of a work study program in France (industrial automation). This is my first job, so I wasn't sure what was normal in terms of being totally lost and confused all the time, so I've been trying to go with the flow as much as possible and just do as the romans do. However, it has been very hard as I received no training on how the company operates (what software they use, programming standards, how the end product actually works etc., never even received the welcome booklet). I have just been asking as many questions as possible to find all these things out, and looking like a total idiot in the process.
However, I recently got a new colleague who tells me he spent his first 3 days being taught all this stuff that I have been trying to figure by myself this whole time. He has sent me all the documents he received at his arrival which outline a lot of things that I would have needed to know months ago.
Is there a way I can now approach my manager and, firstly, ask how this fell through the cracks or why nobody brought me up to speed, and secondly ask if I can have the training now, as it still affects my work?
Secondary question: is this my fault? Is this kind of training something that I needed to explicitly request in the future?
I have discussed this issue with a few of my colleagues, and everyone was shocked that I hadn't received this training (so I'm assuming it's been in place since before I arrived).