We caught up with Renni 5 months into her Degree Apprenticeship!

Renni first found out about Construction Youth Trust in 2018 from the careers advisor at her school.

She took part in one of our Budding Brunels programmes, hosted at Mace’s impressive Battersea Power Station site. Renni had never previously considered construction as an area that was suited to her, sharing many of the common misconceptions about it as a boring industry with limited roles.

After 3 day immersive experience of a construction workplace however, Renni’s interest in the industry was sparked! Following the programme, we arranged a week’s work experience for her at Mace which gave her the opportunity to witness first-hand the wide range of construction roles out there and introduced her to alternative routes into a career other than university.

Renni decided that she would like to pursue an apprenticeship, and enrolled on our Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeship programme. After working with one of our Senior Programme Managers Deavon, she decided that a Degree Apprenticeship would be the right route for her as she didn’t think university would suit her learning style.

"Make sure you know your options, university is not the only route to be successful!”

Supported through the application process by the Trust, she was delighted to be accepted onto a Level 6 Project Management apprenticeship with Mace in 2019!

“Deavon pushed me to perform the best I could during the work experience placements and insight days and helped me to see the benefits of a career within the industry”

We caught up with Renni 5 months into her apprenticeship, and she is absolutely flourishing! She loves that when doing an apprenticeship you can earn while you learn, and getting opportunity to study whilst also gaining the experience and skills that come from the working world.

“The Trust gave me the experience of and exposure to the construction industry by introducing me to leading companies within the industry.”

Renni had some valuable words of wisdom when we asked her for her advice to young people embarking on their career journeys:

“Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and take all work experience opportunities which are being offered to you! Work experience allows you to be exposed to working life, gain experience and discover work opportunities you might not have known about previously.”

We are extremely proud of Renni, and have no doubt that she will continue to be an invaluable member of the team at Mace as she continues her apprenticeship journey!