National Apprenticeship Week 2021

11 Feb 2021 Blog Learners

In celebration of the 14th annual National Apprenticeship Week, Lucy Martin, Communications Assistant at Transport For Wales (TFR), shares her experience studying as an apprentice with ALS.

Lucy is currently working towards gaining her Level 4 Project Management qualification which is designed to develop skills and knowledge, and to support and recognise occupational competence in managing a project to a national occupation level.

“Since starting my career with Transport for Wales around a year and a half ago I have been working towards a Level 4 Project Management apprenticeship qualification alongside my role in communications.

Having previously worked in Retail but with an ambition for a career in media & journalism, I heard about this apprenticeship when searching for communications roles in my local area and thought it was too good an opportunity not to apply for. It felt like the perfect step for me to kick-start my career in a field I wanted to go into, whilst at the same time achieving a valuable qualification in project management in the process – which sounded like an attractive prospect!”

Lucy is already benefitting from the invaluable on-the-job knowledge she is gaining, as she is currently in the process of transitioning into a new role with TFR as Business Support Co-ordinator.

“The apprenticeship has supported me in developing my role and has taught me a wide range of skills that I plan to apply in my work moving forward. It’s also opened up incredible opportunities for me to further my railway career. Playing a key part in leading me to where I am now as I begin transitioning into a new role within Transport for Wales as a Business Support Co-ordinator. I’m looking forward to the chapter ahead and to completing the rest of my qualification.”

In addition to gaining practical experience and qualifications, apprenticeship programmes ensure businesses across all sectors of the Welsh economy are gaining employees with the skills and experience that Wales really need.  Barbara Coverdale, Training Advisor with ALS, comments:

“I really do believe that training and qualifications like these are too good an opportunity to miss when they are provided by employers, especially during these uncertain times. And that applies to not only new recruits, but established professionals across the business too!

Our apprenticeships offer a wide range of opportunities to develop our learners’ skills, allowing them to make substantial contributions to their teams at work whilst we underpin these skills with formal learning that eventually leads to a well-respected APM (Association for Project Management) recognised qualification.

Our courses mean that apprentices are provided with countless opportunities to contribute to the development of processes and procedures, helping to aid successful project delivery across the business whilst forming a community of practice - benchmarking performance and supporting continuous improvement.”

So what are you waiting for? If you’re keen to progress in your career and are interested in finding out more about the many training opportunities that we have on offer then head to

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