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Rebecca impressed the judges with the way she always put the customer first and the shining example she set for others in the delivery. They said, "Despite only being in the role a short time, she is already demonstrating that she is 'one to watch' for the future with examples of already “Championing Fibre technology in Essex” and an advocate for “Women in Engineering”."

Tell us how you started your apprenticeship, what did it involve?

I accepted a job with Openreach, which included an apprenticeship. I started by being introduced online and meetings with your assessor which outlined the process. It was a smooth and well-designed process. I knew exactly what was expected and required.

What made you choose an apprenticeship?

I chose an apprenticeship as I wanted to add to my skills and qualifications to help me progress my career.

Why did you decide to work in this industry in particular?

I wanted to change my career into something more active and physical, I also love a challenge so this industry is perfect for me.

How did you find working and studying at the same time?

It can be difficult to maintain a work-life balance, but I was able to manage my time well and allocate enough time out of my days to put the work in to achieve my apprenticeship.

What has been the biggest highlight during your apprenticeship?

The sense of achievement once completing my apprenticeship. It is true that hard work pays off and setting aside your own personal time to complete this is 100% worth it.

On the flipside, what has been your biggest challenge?

Work-life balance, finding time to get the apprenticeship completed, outside of the apprenticeship days with a busy life schedule.

What would you say to anyone who may be considering an apprenticeship? What advice would you give them?

I would say 100% go for it as you'll always have this qualification for your future. Put your head down and get through it. It will set you up for success.

What are your career aspirations from here on?

I am currently covering one of my managers, so I will potentially aspire to be a patch manager within the coming years

What does it mean to you to win this ITP award?

I’m so thankful for this award. However, this is more than just an award to me.

I cannot express how grateful I am for the opportunities that Openreach has provided me with and the support they have given me towards my career progression.

I feel privileged and proud to be showing a development pathway for women in engineering.