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 post 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, with the important task of ensuring members of the workforce meet all the requirements to work on key civil engineering projects in the northern UK. She also manages VGC’s workers on London Underground. Her role includes processing applications, checking references and the right to work in the UK, and ensuring workers’ payroll is correct. A key part of her job includes assessing whether there are any risks of modern slavery, something all VGC’s teams work hard to stamp out.

“I like the balance”

Nirvana said: “I was very pleased to get the apprenticeship, and I didn’t realise it would lead to such a responsible permanent role.

“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: “Nirvana has really shown how hard work pays off; she is a great example of a young person taking advantage of all the benefits an apprenticeship can offer.

“VGC believes that apprenticeship schemes provide valuable training opportunities and career direction for new entrants into the construction industry. We are proud to be offer them hands-on experience, guidance and lifelong qualifications. It is particularly pleasing when we can offer them a permanent position.”