Katie Powell, an apprentice at Sellafield, spoke to us about her experience on the Project Management Degree Apprenticeship
Name: Katie Powell
Employer: Sellafield Ltd
Project Manager Degree Apprenticeship
How long have you been studying at the University of Cumbria?
I have been studying at the University of Cumbria since September 2018 as part of my degree apprenticeship. My degree lasts three years as part of my four-year apprenticeship. During my qualification I learn the academic theory from the university and gain practical work experience with Sellafield Ltd.
Do you feel studying here has benefitted you?
I think studying with the University of Cumbria has definitely benefitted me. I always hoped to study towards a degree, but the traditional university route didn’t really appeal to me. Personally I learn much better when I can understand theory and apply it in the work place – so an apprenticeship was perfect for my learning style. I was able to work whilst studying and apply my knowledge in a real project environment.
The course is really well structured and clearly aligned to the Association for Project Management approach and Body of Knowledge – which is the key to project management theory.
All of my lecturers and tutors are experts in their field so they always offer support and guidance to students – whether this is taking time to review assignments or provide extra information. Nothing is too much trouble and the university is always there to help.
I also know that this degree is recognised and accredited, so it is preparing me for my future career and beyond.
Has studying changed the way you work / approach your own role?
Studying for my degree apprenticeship has transformed how I work. I’m now a lot more confident in my work placements and I can see if projects are progressing well and what to do if they aren’t.
My time management and leadership skills have also improved – as part of my role I have to balance a number of priorities and consistently make sure my work is delivered to the highest standard.