The skills Abii Gane has picked up during her apprenticeship with Defence Equipment & Support have enhanced her life outside of work as well as setting her firmly on a purposeful career path.
The 21 year old working in the continuous improvement team organised her wedding to Kiran – which more than 350 people attended – and bought a house last year.
Finding an education degree at Bath Spa University wasn’t quite for her, Abii secured a Civil Service Project Delivery Fast Track Apprenticeship before being placed at Abbey Wood in the Continuous Improvement Team.
The second-year apprentice is already on the brink of being promoted to the next employment level (two).
Abii said: “I’ve managed to put into practice in real life the project management skills I’ve learned on my apprenticeship and use those achievements as evidence for my portfolio. That’s my proudest moment so far.”
Abii has run her own customer satisfaction survey project and enjoyed the opportunity to travel around the UK and see the vehicles and kit DE&S procure for the Armed Forces such as the Typhoon fighter jet and submarines at Devonport.
Abii added: “I always joke about when I first joined DE&S I wasn’t very military driven. I couldn’t possibly tell you the different aircrafts, especially on my first project which was with the fast air support team.
“One of the things I really worried about coming to work here was having too much ‘work outside of work’, so I really like the flexible working, being able to work around outside commitments as well as being able to get on with my day-to-day role.
“I think it’s a really open environment to develop, try things and not be scared about getting things wrong. You can put yourself forward for different opportunities you wouldn’t necessarily do in your main role. That helps you develop even more.
“I’ve only been here two years and as a result I’m hopefully moving up a level already.”
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