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Kate’s won London Apprentice of the year award and we caught up with her before she goes onto the National finals in November.  

What’s it been like working at BT?

It been amazing! I’ve only been here two years but I’ve loved every minute of it. I came straight from 6th Form into my apprenticeship and now I can develop my learning while obtaining invaluable, hands on experience. No two days are the same and I’m always developing my learning. During my apprenticeship I rotate around the different teams in TV so my job role is constantly changing. I prefer this method as I get a better understanding of the business and then when I go into my final role, I’ll understand how it liaises with the other teams.

What’s your day-to-day role like?

No two days are the same. In my apprenticeship I rotate around the different teams in TV every 6 months. One day I could be out on a customer’s site installing equipment, whereas the next I could be sitting at my desk helping configure the network. I’ve loved every team I’ve been in so far and cannot wait to see where I go next. I’ve learnt so much about the different teams and how they work together as well as getting hands on with the equipment. My confidence has grown tremendously, giving me the opportunity to work on high level projects such the UEFA Champions League, Premier League Productions and BBC’s next-generation broadcast network.

What was it like to be named apprentice of the year for the London region?

It was phenomenal! I never thought I’d get to the finals, let alone win the London Region! It all feels so surreal and I’m honoured to have made it this far.

Did you get nominated by a colleague / manager for the award? What was the process?

I wrote the initial application for the award, highlighting everything I had done in my first two years to date. I then asked James Mellor (my mentor) to be my sponsor where he provided a reference which was submitted in addition to my application. From there it went to the judging period where I was lucky enough to be selected to attend the Regional Final.

Was there a particular project / event that led you to be nominated?

I worked on a mixture of projects since joining 2 years ago from the UEFA Champions League to BBC’s next-generation broadcast network. The main project I’m working towards is Diversity and Inclusion. I’m part of a small team, working with managers and the Senior Leadership Team, where we’re looking to create a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. We’re a pioneering group within our line of business and are ahead of other teams at BT. I’ve taken our discussions back to the apprentices, encouraging them to step forward with any experiences or challenges they have encountered, which in turn gives them the confidence and know-how to overcome them.

Are you excited for the finals?

Extremely excited! Even making it this far is a huge honour, I cannot wait for the finals!

What’s it like living in London?

I don’t actually live in London, I live in Kent and it takes me around 2 hour to get in everyday! I hated the commute at first but I’m used to it now and just watch TV.

What do you like to do for fun when you’re not working hard to be the Apprentice of the year?

I own my horse, so most weekends/evenings I’m at my stables either riding or competing. I’m hoping to get into British Eventing next year!

What advice would you give to someone wanting to start an apprentice role or new role with BT?

100% go for it! It has been the best decision I’ve ever made! There’s so much opportunity within BT and a chance to understand the whole business. They’re a great company to work for and there apprenticeships are amazing. I never thought I’d learn as much as I have and I qualify with a full Bachelor’s Degree!

Any final words of wisdom or inspiring final comments?

Don’t be afraid to challenge the norm and always say yes to every opportunity!

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