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Project Control Foundation Scheme Apprentice - Kate Wignall
Katie tells us what she did to get onto our apprenticeship scheme, which placements she’s had and how she’s planned an event for over 100 people.

Project Management sparked an interest

Before joining the Project Control Foundation Scheme, I went to Cardinal Newman College in Preston where I studied a double award BTEC in Business Studies and A-Level Psychology. I first became aware of Project Management as I was required to do two weeks work experience during the BTEC course and I was fortunate enough to do this at BAE Systems Warton site. I worked with people in several areas one of which was Project Management which sparked a real interest. In my final year at college I heard about the Project Control Foundation Scheme and applied.

Placements to date

The placements I have completed so far have centred on the production environment where I have been closely involved in the monitoring and control of projects undertaking risk analysis, earned value analysis, detailed scheduling, change control, Contract Status Reviews and much more.

Planning an event for 100+ people

I have been fortunate enough to plan a Project Management event for over 100 people. It was a great success as well as an interesting challenge that allowed me to plan, control and manage a small project from start to finish. The one thing I enjoy most about the placements is the opportunity to work with a variety of people at different levels within varied areas of the business.

Applying practical experience

The scheme is demanding in terms of workload, working full time and studying part time whilst having a home and social life – it’s a real challenge and often a compromise, but worth it! The ability to put into practice what you are learning at college and also support theory in assignments with real experience are just two of the benefits allowing you to gain an all-round understanding.

Looking into the future

In the future I would like to continue a career as a project management professional and make the most of any opportunities available to work in different cultures overseas with BAE Systems, in particular I would love the opportunity to work in Australia.