1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My main focus is learning & development for our early careers population, so an average day will involve lots of stakeholder management, designing or sourcing learning interventions and some administrative tasks to keep track of progress. My apprenticeship informs my role, as my role informs my apprenticeship.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am developing my skills every day as I apply what I am learning in my CIPD apprenticeship to the workplace. In particular, learning about models to help understand things like employee engagement informs the content we put forward to our early careers population.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the programme and the links between my study and day-to-day role.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is structured well with lots of flexibility so I can take ownership of my own learning. There is on average one masterclass a month and the rest is self-study, but with support on offer from my tutor and line manager as and when needed.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I am fully supported by my employer, both in terms of allowing the time required to complete the apprenticeship and in terms of advice or signposting as and when required.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Support is available outside of the scheduled masterclasses when needed. Sometimes the advice itself lacks clarity but they will always try to ensure an understanding has been reached.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I am often able to apply my learning in the workplace, but it has definitely also helped me to better understand the organisation as I've been able to work through examples of initiatives etc. and see why and how they've come about. I'm confident that completing it will open up more opportunities for career progression too.
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.)
Skanska has so much going on for people to get involved with outside of their day-to-day job. There are Employee Networks, working to highlight and address issues faced by minority groups; every employee is entitled to a volunteering day; there is a Sports & Social committee who organise various events, and more.
9a. Would you recommend Skanska to a friend?
I have been working for Skanska for 7 years now and have always felt supported and encouraged to challenge myself and take on development opportunities that will further my career. It is also a business that truly conducts business in line with its values and I feel proud to be a part of it.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Skanska?
Be yourself! Skanska recognises that it needs diversity in every sense to be the most innovative and competitive business it can be. The recruitment process is heavily based around the values and what Skanska stands for, so do your homework and be ready to demonstrate how you relate to those areas.