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Helen Wall

Tuesday 7th of March 2017

Helen WallHello, I’m Helen Wall, one of the latest Engineering Capital Investment apprentices at Scottish Water, and I am based in Dundee. I’ve been an apprentice with Scottish Water for over five months.

Before starting my apprenticeship at Scottish Water, I was at college studying mechanical engineering. Towards the end of my course, I noticed that Scottish Water was advertising apprenticeships.

I looked through the vacancies available and found one for Capital Investment – I wasn’t too sure what this role involved. However, after reading through the apprentice’s blogs from last year and doing some online research, I realised this was great career opportunity for me and decided to apply.

 

After completing my written application, I then had a video interview, a day at an assessment centre and a final interview before I secured the position.

 

In my apprenticeship, my work week is quite varied. I can be in meetings, at my desk or out on site during different stages of projects. Whilst I’m based in an office, I cover the East region which can mean going to sites anywhere from Central Scotland to Shetland and Orkney.

 

As a new apprentice, I have spent quite a lot of time with other members of my team learning about the project lifecycle and have been assisting with two large projects.

 

Whilst most of my training has come from working alongside other project managers and learning the role on the job, there are training courses that I’ve booked myself onto as I need to be certified to carry out certain tasks. However, I’ve realised how important it is to speak with different people across Scottish Water as there’s a wealth of experience already within the business.

 

I’m currently working on an SVQ in construction contracting operations and I’ve found this particularly useful as it identifies the key competencies of my role and ensures I understand them.

 

I’ve learned that to be effective in this role you need to be organised and to pay special attention to planning, especially for construction projects. The design stages of construction also require a lot of attention to make sure the right solution is put forward. I’ve also learned that flexibility is key for construction projects, as they can be unpredictable and you never stop refining the approach to suit changing circumstances.

 

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