Hello, I Am Safwaan
The reason why I chose to do an apprenticeship was because I wasn't too keen on the idea of going to university without actually having any interests in a particular field of study.
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My job as a Sponsor is very similar
to that of a Project Manager, however, as Sponsors we are more accountable for
the delivery of a project. The projects that I work on here at TfL are based
around safer streets, essentially making roads safer in London and this might
involve reducing speed limits across some of our roads (Sorry drivers of
London), it could also include adding speed humps to a road to reduce the
overall speed a vehicle would be travelling at reducing the chances of a
collision/accident. My job involves delivering these projects, ensuring that
the project has funding for staff to work on the project, approving/rejecting
stage gates for projects depending on the quality of documentation and engaging
with local boroughs and communities on how we can make our roads safer.
My major achievement is successfully
having a station name endorsed as part of the East London Line HIF programme. The
approval required submitting 2 different papers, one paper to SIPDR, which is
the surface investment portfolio director review as well as a briefing note
that required approval from both the commissioner and the deputy mayor for
transport. The briefing note paper also needed to be reviewed internally by
several directors and was a lengthy process, however the station name was
endorsed and upon reflection there were several lessons that were learned.
My advice would be to potential
apprentices would be to apply, apply and apply! A lot of people - including
myself - prior to getting an apprenticeship underestimate how hard and draining
the process can be, due to the many different stages. Get to know the application
process before applying and apply to different companies that offer the same
apprenticeship that you're interested in to boost your chances of landing one.
I initially found that there were
times where I felt quite overwhelmed with the work I had as well as keeping up
with the college side of things however everyone here at TfL is very helpful
and helped me manage my time more efficiently which I am now reaping the