• Name
  • Job Title and Employer
    Apprentice Project Manager
  • Employer
  • Provider
  • Levels
    Level 6 (Higher) Apprenticeship
  • Training Provider and Qualification
    Level 6 Project Management, QA
  • Occupations
    Business and finance Managerial
  • Apprenticeship Start Date
    Sep 2020
  • Skills Gained
    Confidence Connecting with others Project management PMQ qualification
  • What are your interests outside of work?

    Outside of work I'm interested in netball, running and marketing & design!

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Hello, I Am Laura

As soon as I looked at apprenticeships, I couldn’t believe I didn’t go for this earlier!

Tell us more about your experience

I was completely pushed in the direction of university and for so long there was no other choice presented to me. I knew it wasn't right for me, but it was so hard to break out of the mould. To bide some time, I took a gap year and started researching apprenticeships. As soon as I looked, I couldn't believe I didn't go for this earlier. I could get my degree with no debt and 3-4 years of work-based experience. From that point I dedicated my time into securing an Apprenticeship and have never looked back.

Within Vodafone I work as a Project Manager in the customer delivery function focusing on Northern Europe. I am currently dedicated to a customer account in the energy sector and manage customer driven projects with a team of engineers and architects. I worked on the expansion of a number of windfarm sites for a renewable energy customer. This was my favourite project as I felt I was part of such a real positive change and was able to learn so much about the industry and implications of renewable redirection. I also volunteer within the Vodafone Youth Committee as my stream representative and have had so many great moments interacting and encouraging new and incoming Apprentices throughout their journey.

‘’ There are so many opportunities out there across a multitude of fields with tons of benefits. Take some time, do some research and make sure to look around. If you find something that interests you, why not go for it?’’

At A level, I studied STEM heavy subjects and did well in school, because of this I was pushed to go to university and made to think that anything else would be sub-par. Even when I listed the benefits of apprenticeships in black and white people still told me it wasn't the same or it wasn't good enough. At this point I had done so much research I knew this wasn't the case and spoke to colleagues and recruiters who reassured me the business attraction of practical experience over a university degree.

I have had so much support throughout my apprenticeship and feel comfortable around a group of close friends, colleagues, and a fantastic team. There was always room to be open and ask for help which has proved valuable throughout my experience. My learning provider delivers several support mechanisms. We have our teachers, skills coach and the university team all at hand to support with any queries. The training provider team provide the link between you and your studies and have supported me in mapping my work, creating my portfolio and in unlocking top level grades.

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