We love to hear local success stories, we caught up with Lucy Atkinson after a recent Crewe Pledge event to find out more about her story.
What is your job role and what does it involve?
I am a Red Track Undergraduate Apprentice at Virgin Trains. As part of this scheme, I am completing 3 years worth of work experience at Virgin Trains in different departments within the business and at the same time I am studying full time for a degree in Business Management at Manchester Metropolitan University.
What training are you doing?
I am currently completing a 3 year Business Management Degree at Manchester Metropolitan University (which is completed alongside my apprenticeship and sponsored by Virgin Trains).
What do you like about your role?
I love the variety of things that I get to be involved in at Virgin Trains. No two days are ever the same and the fact that I get to do rotations around different departments in the business means that I get even more variety! The staff at Virgin Trains are also fantastic, each person has a unique and individual way of doing things and they have made it extremely easy to fit in and meet new colleagues.
Which school/college did you go to?
I was a student at Malbank School and Sixth Form College for both my secondary and college education.
What are your ambitions (where do you want your career to take you)?
So far I have been lucky enough to spend time working on board the trains, at the train station,in our control and resource centres and in our HR department. I have had a wonderful experience in HR at Virgin Trains and I have had the opportunity to get involved in lots of different areas of the team. Therefore in the future I would like to follow a career in HR, hopefully where I can use my interest in employment law and foreign language skills.
What advice would you give to young people wishing to follow your career path?
I would definitely advise young people to get as much work experience as they can through part time jobs and volunteering etc as lots of employers are becoming more focused on skills learnt on the job as opposed to just in an academic environment. Also make sure that the choice you are making is right for you and want you want to do, I really wasn’t sure about going to university and I am glad that I chose to go down the apprenticeship route as I have met so many incredible people and experienced so many amazing opportunities that would not necessarily have been possible if I had just gone to university.