Project Management Apprentice Secure Information Systems
LEARN SOMETHING NEW; DO SOMETHING EXCITING
In my full-time role, following on from my apprenticeship, I manage the delivery of small-scale projects and spares contracts to customers globally. This includes working on naval ships such as Type 45, QEC and Astute class submarines. The nature of the work is very challenging and every day you learn something new. This keeps me motivated.
FAIL TO PLAN; PLAN TO FAIL
In addition to my apprenticeship, I was able to complete a number of training courses and weeks away. There are annual personal development discussions which guide your thinking as far as your career aspirations are concerned. They help you plan ways to achieve them, as well as considering the key challenges you might face. Line managers also work with you to support your development plan. I am now on the path to becoming a fully-fledged project manager within Thales.
MY STANDOUT MOMENTS
Since joining in September 2015, I’ve completed five placements across the whole Secure Communications & Information Systems business line. These included projects from software installation to exporting heavy duty military vehicles and equipment. Following my apprenticeship, I interviewed successfully and began a full-time role as an Assistant Project Manager in the Naval portfolio.
THE NET RESULT
My biggest personal achievement working for Thales has been passing my apprenticeship, and landing a full-time role. This meant I could move into a place of my own. If someone had to told me, when I began the apprenticeship scheme two years ago that I’d progress to become an Assistant Project Manager, I wouldn’t have believed them.