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?

  1. Soft skills, including how you communicate, really matters.
  2. Not being reactive when things change, so taking time to assess what the right thing to do is.
  3. 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.