We spoke to Tim Jarvis, Apprentice Project Manager with Keltbray
Can you describe your role in a few words?
I am responsible for leading rail construction projects of various sizes.
What were you doing prior to your Apprenticeship?
I was working in the field of project management, but I have taken on the apprenticeship to develop my project management knowledge and skills.
What was your perception of the industry before you started your apprenticeship?
I’ve been working in engineering / project management in the rail sector for quite a few years, but this apprenticeship has improved my knowledge in project management as a subject and I’ve been able to apply the knowledge in my current role.
What interested you in joining Keltbray?
Having worked for Balfour Beatty and Network Rail previously I was aware that Keltbray Aspire was a leading overhead line contractor, so I wanted to do my apprenticeship here.
What are the key things you’ve learnt so far in your job?
- Soft skills, including how you communicate, really matters.
- Not being reactive when things change, so taking time to assess what the right thing to do is.
- There is so much to railway and construction – meaning that every day is a learning opportunity.
What is the most exciting part of your role?
I’ve worked in various disciplines throughout the rail industry, and taking a project through to delivery gives me a great sense of satisfaction.
Have you worked on Hs2 yet?
Not yet. I am hopeful that I will be though, as my company is a key supplier in the rail overhead line industry.
What would you like to do after completing your apprenticeship?
I would like to oversee more multidisciplinary works and continue developing my knowledge and skillset with the Association for Project Management (APM) programme. Ultimately I’d like to work towards Chartership as a full member of the Association for Project Management.