In 2017 Emily Clark enjoyed an internship at PD Ports as part of the Career Ready programme. Her internship turned into an apprenticeship and Emily has since been selected as one of Multimodals 30under30 award winners. Here, she shares how much she’s enjoying her time at PD Ports and how Career Ready still helps her today.

Intern to apprentice 

Since completing the Career Ready programme I have been working for PD Ports full time, as an Apprentice Civil Engineer in their Civil Engineering Team. I was over the moon after being offered the position and jumped at the chance. I have since worked for PD Ports for 2 years.

I have learned so much already on my apprenticeship. I have found that, for me, the best way of learning is on the job and I have managed projects whilst working across sites and with different colleagues. I am really enjoying the style of learning during my apprenticeship, being able to go to University part time then put into practice the theory that I learn is a brilliant way of developing both theory and practical knowledge.

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Becoming Career Ready 

Without the Career Ready programme I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to practice the skills that I needed to enter the workplace confidently and professionally.

The programme prepared me for interviews, taught me how to manage and develop my own skills, and gave me an insight into the industries and their apprenticeships that I could work in. I still refer back to things that I learned during the programme now, especially advice that I was given by my mentor, it was really beneficial to me to have direct access to someone who had worked in the type of industry I wanted to work in and get their advice and experience.

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