Nirvana MurrayNirvana joined VGC as an apprentice when she left school in 2011. She is now a valued member of the group services team.

During her apprenticeship, Nirvana achieved her level 2 Business and administration NVQ after eight months, far earlier than is usual, and won a Hillingdon Training award for outstanding achievement. After she accepted a permanent position at VGC, she went on to achieve her level 3 NVQ.

As passes co-ordinator, she managed the considerable administration requirements for airside passes for all staff at Heathrow and Gatwick. Now she is an HR assistant, managing all of VGC’s workers on London Underground.

Nirvana said: “I was very pleased to get the apprenticeship, and I didn’t realise it would lead to such a responsible permanent position. I took nine months out on maternity leave when my daughter, Honey-Bleu, was born, and I now work four days a week. I really enjoy my job and I like the balance of a challenging position at VGC and having time with my daughter.”

Ciara Pryce, VGC Group Services director, said: “VGC believes that apprenticeship schemes provide valuable training opportunities and career direction for new entrants into the construction industry. It is particularly pleasing if we can offer them a permanent position, and even without that we are proud to be offer them hands-on experience, guidance and lifelong qualifications.”