9 March 2018
To complete our series of WYG profiles in support of National Apprenticeship Week 2018, we look back at the success of our Head of Project Management, Dave Corbin, whose career path has led him to managing over 120 Project Managers in nine different countries today.
Through 25 years of project experience (15 in project management), Dave has demonstrated his commitment to continued professional development. He holds an APMP, on top of being an MSP Practitioner and a member of MSIPSE.
But like all our apprentices, Dave’s journey had to start somewhere, and it all began with an unlikely gas engineer apprenticeship with British Gas.
Note: The following article was originally published on 7th November.
From an early age, Dave knew that conventional educational pathways were not for him; he needed real-world experience to thrive.
Dave’s success reflects tremendously on the merits of apprenticeships in our ongoing endeavours to bridge skills gap and introduce the brightest young minds into our fold. We are immensely proud to support practical and alternate forms of education.
At a G4C North West (Generation 4 Change) event, where he was invited to speak last November, Dave said: “It is the duty of organisations like WYG to support Apprenticeships and Graduate Development programmes, to make our careers attractive to new generation. We need to make sure that we have the skilled workforce necessary to deliver projects in the future.”
At only 15, Dave had already finished school, but his weak GCSE results made any prospects of acceptance into A-level schools or universities unlikely. He needed an alternative to continue his personal development and find a suitable career path.
By what he considers a stroke of good fortune, Dave happened upon a gas engineer apprenticeship with British Gas. It was an opportunity to organically learn about the industry, gain some experience, and become ready to pursue further academic knowledge.
“I was lucky to get my apprenticeship,” Dave said. “It has certainly suited my combination of practical ability and academic application. Whilst what I do now is a million miles away from the start, it is wholly linked with creating or managing assets in the built environment in one way or another.”
From there, Dave chose to pursue a degree in Energy Engineering. It felt like the logical next step in his post-apprenticeship learning, grounding him in a way no ordinary education could have on its own. The teenager who previously had no idea what to do for a career would go on to graduate with a first-class honours degree. He would then join a building services consultancy as a graduate consultant, before launching his career in project management.
Dave added: “I hope that my personal career shows that this industry is not limited to those who fit within the traditional education system and that it can give those within it the chance to discover what interests them.”
We are grateful to have people like Dave onboard, who inspire others in leading by example.
For our part, we’ve been increasing vacancies for graduates and apprentices at WYG year after year, encouraging greater involvement with our professional institutions and sponsoring apprenticeships. In so doing, we hope to lead young graduates in forming the bedrock of our business going forward.
To the younger generation, Dave concludes with these words: “follow your instincts and any opportunity you get to test new ideas and get yourself outside your comfort zone. These opportunities are the steps that will establish your professional reputation and build your career.”