6 March 2018
At WYG, we are pleased to offer our apprentices a dedicated apprenticeship programme that offers the opportunity to work on live projects from day one and gain on-the-job training and skills, as well as having a nominated mentor to support personal and professional development.
Having just recently joined our office in Leeds as a Trainee Project Manager, Natalie Brown is already reaping benefits from her apprenticeship as she familiarises herself with the duties of project management. In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, we take this opportunity to learn more about her role and why she chose WYG for her career path.
What does your job involve?
I’m a Trainee Project Manager within our Asset & Project Management team, so I’m getting to grips with the responsibilities that come with project managing, and assisting with office relocation projects. I’m also working towards the professional APMQ qualification.
Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
I needed a more practical education experience following my time at university, but I found it difficult finding graduate programmes in project managing coming from a Biology-based background. When I found out about WYG’s apprenticeship programme, and that it offered the APM Practitioner Qualification, I believed this to be an attractive aspect of undertaking an apprenticeship.
What has surprised you the most so far?
I didn’t quite realise how much work WYG do for the Ministry of Defence. I was vaguely familiar with the work WYG undertakes from reading about projects on the website, so I’m learning about all the different sectors the company works within. Each job is different, and I didn’t realise just how great a variety there was to the projects until I started.
I’m particularly fascinated by all the international projects in countries like Kenya, Bahrain, and Nepal, so hopefully my apprenticeship will give me the opportunity to work on some projects abroad.
I feel like I’ve done quite a lot already. I’ve learned a lot of acronyms and a lot about frameworks.
What qualifications will you have at the end of your training?
At the end of my course, I hope to achieve a level 4 in project management. The course also provides APM Practitioner Qualification and AGILE. During the apprenticeship, I hope to get experience in other departments across the business and have an appreciation of what the rest of the business does outside of the project management practice.
What makes WYG a great place to work?
I admire the ethos of the company. Everyone’s been really helpful, so I haven’t felt lost or stumped. There’s always someone to lend a hand or answer a question when you need it.
I also like that as an international company serving both UK and overseas locations, there may be opportunity to travel and work abroad.
What would you tell other graduates considering apprenticeship?
I would advise to start looking early and don’t feel uncomfortable about the fact that you’re not going to know anything about what you’re required to do in an apprenticeship. You’re not going to know beforehand how to be a project manager on your first day, so be open-minded and prepare to learn lots!