1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a project manger I have co ordinate several specialised teams involved in the project to ensure that it is delivered on time, to cost and up to quality standards. This involves a lot of communication both within the organisation as well as with external stakeholders to ensure the project is a success.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Since starting the apprenticeship I've learnt many new skills that I hadn't had chance to fully develop while at school/sixth form. These include but aren't limited to improving communication and other soft skills in addition to more technical skills such as map/design reading which I have to use on a daily basis.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Due to the nature of my job it means that the tasks I complete on a day to day basis are very varied and as a result rarely do the same thing in a day. This makes the job very enjoyable as I always have something engaging a different to work on throughout the week.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The structure of the programme and training is very good as all the college time is pre-booked meaning I know when and where I'm going to training all the way to the end of the programme. The training providers are also very good as they communicate effectively via both email and also the dedicated skills coach you are assigned at the beginning providing a good amount of support throughout.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
the employer provides as much support as need through various different mediums. we have 3 different mangers that we are able to contact at any onetime for support or to answer any questions we may have. in addition we also have a dedicated training provider support coach to help with that side of the programme too.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
The training provided is very good and comprehensive. We are allotted a good amount of time to get to grips the with course materials and knowledge and as a result it means that we feel more confident with the exams. It's also useful to have the dedicated skills coach to be able to answer and questions/queries we may have.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The training/qualifications that we are provided are incredibly useful in enabling me to be a better project manger. They are industry specific while also recognised across the world. This means that the skills taught are directly aimed at my profession while also being kept up to date and relevant.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
networking is encouraged to all employees across the company via things such as coffee roulettes and catch up meetings. Many teams are also very sociable making new employees feel welcomed and comfortable. Forums also mean that groups of employees such as apprentices have there own comities in order to drive change while also giving them a voice. Participation in this is encouraged company wide.
9a. Would you recommend Transport for London to a friend?
I believe that they not only provide a programme which is incredibly well structured and organised but also one which brings out the best in its apprentices with a good combination of learning and experience giving me the confidence to embrace new challenges and progress towards becoming a qualified project manager.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Transport for London?
Show understanding as to why the role is important not just to the company itself but the city that it helps to keep moving. Apply this knowledge while showing passion and enthusiasm for the role that you will be filling while also remaining ambitious to further your career into the future.
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