Holly Stainton, 23, of Cockermouth, is a level four project management apprentice at Sellafield Ltd.
Why did you apply for the apprenticeship?
To develop my interests and experiences in project management that I had developed in my previous job, as well having the opportunity work alongside nuclear project professionals and gain a foundation degree.
Did you consider other routes?
I secured a place at the University of Cumbria to start a nursing degree. I had carried out research into the project management pathways in Cumbria and I just knew that that was what I wanted to do. I had been working full time for two years and I enjoyed being in the working environment, rather than going back to a classroom environment.
What do you like most about it?
I love the diversity. We move placement every six months. The wealth of experience we get is amazing and allows us to understand the wider business as a whole. We are fortunate to have the training and support to gain a level four qualification in project management as well as completing the APM Level D exam and a foundation degree.
What has been the best thing about it so far?
Receiving my level four certificate has been the proudest moment of my life. Working hard for two years, completing an intense end-point assessment and seeing the reward is a feeling like no other.
Take us through a typical day
I start work at 7.30am. We have a team morning brief to set out the tasks for the day. I meet with stakeholders to discuss tasks and progress. I attend meetings and workshops. Once a week I meet with my assessor to discuss portfolio progress. Some days I get to go on to sites. It’s usually a real mix, every day is different.
What advice would you give to people considering an apprenticeship? If you are a hands-on learner and a hard worker, an apprenticeship is definitely for you. Pairing full-time work with education and training is the best of both worlds.
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