This week (8-14 February) marks National Apprenticeship Week 2021 and we’re celebrating by sharing some of our apprentice success stories. Lucy Jones, a Business Administration apprentice, is currently undertaking an apprenticeship with Richter. We caught up with her to find out how she’s getting on…
With eight offices around the country, including Birmingham and one in Australia, Richter Global is a firm of consulting civil, structural and geotechnical engineers with experience working on buildings, bridges, marine work, refurbishments, railways, infrastructure and demolition.
Although 21-year-old Lucy Jones from Shirley started with Richter early in 2020, her Level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship didn’t start until September 2020. Previously, Lucy completed her A Levels, before heading out into the workforce, getting valuable experience before being taken on by Richter.
"We sat and discussed at length the best route for Lucy to achieve her potential, as we see her taking on the office manager role in short space of time," explained Kelly Boulton, Lucy’s line manager. "We have used South & City College before for other members of staff and have had a very good experience, so an apprenticeship for Lucy was the decided as the best route. Plus the college’s assessors are brilliant and so supportive."
Managing Director, Roger Tice (an ex-apprentice himself) described part of the culture of Richter: "Training is not just about the 16-24-year-olds for us. There is an expectation that you grow in your role, regardless of grade. We are big advocates of continual professional and personal development, all the way up to Chartered status and PhD level."
When asked how she was getting on with her apprenticeship and whether she would recommend this route to others, Lucy was keen to highlight the balance between college and work: "The format really suits my life and it’s a great way of learning by doing," she said. "Everything links together in a very rounded way. What I learn at college feeds into my work, which then feeds into college and back again. I’m already thinking about progressing onto a Level 4 apprenticeship, so of course I would happily recommend apprenticeships to others."
Lucy was then asked what advice she would give to her younger self, knowing what she knows now. Without hesitation, she said, “Always explore all of your options. Don’t follow the crowd, especially when at school. Take every opportunity presented and all the support offered and lastly, share experiences with others.”
We look forward to following Lucy’s career over the coming years and wish her much success with her apprenticeship.
If you want to follow in Lucy’s footsteps and become an apprentice, there’s never been a better time than now. For information and current vacancies, check out our appenticeship programmes.