Meet our apprentices

We have apprentices from all backgrounds who chose to do an apprenticeship for a variety of reasons – and this is just the start for the Lower Thames Crossing!

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During construction, the project will have hundreds of new opportunities for apprenticeships in all different areas, from accounting to engineering and geography to technology.

Meet some of our current apprentices and learn more about what led them to the Lower Thames Crossing.

Hear from Nina on what made her choose an apprenticeship on the Lower Thames Crossing after a 20 year career in teaching.

Nina

Nina was working in teaching before the pandemic made her reassess the values in life. Whilst supporting her son with searching for his next steps, she found herself drawn to a National Highways apprenticeship webinar where she asked if mature adults could apply. She’s now back to study a 2-year Level 4 apprenticeship and loving every moment, her motto is:learning is lifelong!”

Dominic

Dominic did a week’s work experience in both marketing and insurance, before exploring construction. He’s now studying a 2-year Level 4 Apprenticeship and his advice to anyone uncertain on their next steps is “You don’t know what you like until you try, so branch out to different companies to find what’s right.”

It took Dominic a few attempts before he found the right industry for him. Watch this animation to learn more about his journey to become a Project Management Apprentice on the Lower Thames Crossing.
Kylie

Kyle

Uncertain on what he wanted to do, Kyle went straight into work from school, spending a few years in customer service before becoming a builder. A few years on and he found himself wanting to make a change. Kyle’s now studying a 2-year Level 4 Apprenticeship. When asked what the biggest learning curve has been so far, he said: “Working from a desk again!”

Emily

Emily did her geography degree whilst at university, but chose to complete her masters as an apprentice. She says “I began to feel a real concern for whether I would actually secure a job at the end of my degree, so I started looking for something to get me out there in the real world!”

Emily
Hayden

Hayden

Hayden chose to do an apprenticeship for the experience and financial independence that university doesn’t give you – also driven by his goal to buy and renovate his first home in the next couple of years. He’s now studying a 5-year Level 6 Apprenticeship. When asked how he would describe his experience so far, he said: “Exciting, sometimes intense, but really rewarding.”

Anna

It wasn’t until Anna was writing her personal statement for university that she realised that she didn’t want to spend the next few years still in full-time education. She’s now studying a 5-year Level 6 Apprenticeship and says: “I had to do a lot of my own homework on apprenticeships. I’m now loving putting what I’m learning to practice with the freedom to do what I like as my qualification is being paid for an I’m earning a salary too!”

Anna
George

George

George was drawn to construction because of his dad, but after two years on site he realised it wasn’t for him. He’s now studying a 5-year Level 6 Apprenticeship in quantity surveying, where he says he has the best of both worlds. George said: “I’m excited to be part of such a significant infrastructure project and have loved my experience so far!”

Ryan

After hearing the word ‘redundancy’ and with little qualifications to fall back on, Ryan decided to future proof the rest of his career by going back into education. He’s now studying a 2-year Level 4 Apprenticeship and said: “The last time I applied for an external job, it was by sending a copy of my CV by post! It’s amusing seeing myself completing coursework now as an adult when it was never something I did as a teen, but I’m really enjoying it so far.”

Ryan
Charlie

Charlie

Charlie was drawn to the public sector after studying public services for A-Level. He says he jumped at the opportunity to work for National Highways and is now studying a 2-year Level 4 Apprenticeship. Charlie recommends an apprenticeship as: “You are able to meet the real people who do these jobs every day, who better to learn from.”

Video interviews

Hear first-hand what it’s like to start your career as an apprentice.

Hear from Jack and Oliva, two of our current degree Apprentices in the early stages of their careers. They talk about their studies, how they find their jobs and the challenges they face at work.
How about a word from our senior leadership team? Michael and Graham are advanced within their careers, both having started as an Apprentice.
Are you wondering about life after an Apprenticeship? We have Tom who has a BSc in Civil Engineering, Matt who studied electrical maintenance and Charley who studied public relations.
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