We spoke to Evie Bracher, a Project Manager Apprentice with Alstom, who has recently joined our High Speed Rail Apprentice Network.

Can you describe your role in a few words?

My job role is to manage projects from initiation to close out. This can involve updating project plans, ensuring milestones are met by motivating the project team to meet a common goal and making decisions on behalf of the team to ensure the best project outcome.

What were you doing prior to your Apprenticeship?

Studying A-Levels; Maths, English and Business.

What was your perception of the sector before you started your apprenticeship?

Before entering the rail industry, I assumed all related jobs involved getting your hand dirty sitting underneath the trains, however this is the complete opposite.

What interested you in joining Alstom?

After studying A-Levels I did not want to go into education full time again and wanted to earn my own money which catalysed my desire to do an apprenticeship. When looking for an apprenticeships Alstom presented themselves with a project manager one which I saw as a thrilling opportunity. This was because in learning to be a project manager you  lean a lot of transferrable skills meaning my options following this apprenticeship won’t be condensed but opened up more.

What are the key things you’ve learnt so far in your job?

The key thing I have learnt so far is the rail industry is not what it seems. There is a job for everyone here and so many opportunities to develop and progress within your working career. Furthermore, with this being my first corporate job I have gained a better understanding of the business environments and operating constraints that all businesses will face, not only Alstom.

What is the most exciting part of your role?

Pushing myself out of comfort zone through networking activities and feeling a buzz once I have done something that was once such a scary concept.

Have you worked on the HS2 project through your apprenticeship?

Not yet.

What would you like to do after completing your apprenticeship?

I would like to continue to progress within my career but also see the world, so potentially travel with work.