National Apprenticeship Week profile – Jenna Moran

Why did you choose a Project Management apprenticeship?

I had originally applied for an electrical apprenticeship with Sellafield Ltd but the company felt my skills were better matched to a new scheme they were running, the project management higher apprenticeship. When I was offered a place on the scheme, I was working part-time at McDonalds and looking for opportunities to progress.

How has your training experience been so far?

I wasn’t sure what to expect but since I began the scheme a year ago, but the ball hasn’t stopped rolling. I have been enjoying my time and challenging myself everyday, which can be quite stressful but really rewarding. I feel I’m getting a real insight into what project management is actually all about.

What’s the best thing about being an apprentice at Sellafield Ltd?

I’m now in the second year of my apprenticeship and my training experience with Sellafield Ltd has been brilliant so far. There is a good team bond between the apprentices here, we are always looking to help each other out.

What would you say to someone thinking about applying for an apprenticeship?

Go for it! I believe young people have a lot to offer the nuclear industry. We bring a new way of approaching things and are more willing to take risks.

What are your future aspirations?

In the short term I am planning on becoming a ‘buddy’ for one or more of the new trainees who will arrive as part of the company’s record apprentice intake of over 200 new recruits this year. This will help me to develop my mentoring skills and pass on my learning.

I’m excited about the next steps, gaining more experience and ultimately becoming a project manager.

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