Mia BydeMia started her apprenticeship in January 2019, two months after joining VGC.

Based at VGC’s Ruislip head office, she works as an administrator for our HSQE (health, safety, quality and environment) team.

Mia’s role includes reviewing data from site inspections, and noting good practice and close calls to present to the VGC board. She also collates risk assessments for working hours and checks to ensure no-one works longer hours than are safe.

Go beyond learning

Mia’s apprenticeship involves attending Uxbridge College one day a month working towards an NVQ level 2 in business management. “Over the next 12 months I will have to complete 15 modules. I have just two weeks for each one, so it’s quite tight. My first module was ‘health and safety in the workplace’ so that was really close to my job—I was pleased to pass with flying colours. I really enjoy doing the apprentice programme, as I am learning while I work. I like the fact that I’m getting another qualification which I can add to my CV.

“Also, I failed my GCSE maths and VGC is also helping me to work towards retaking it in the summer.”

She has joined VGC’s schools engagement programme. “As part of my personal development I’ve signed up to be a schools volunteer. I’m looking forward to attending careers fairs and telling students about working in construction.”

Enjoying her career

Mia has a long-standing interest in construction: “I have always been interested in working in the industry, as my dad and several members of my family work in construction. After leaving school, I worked in my dad’s design and build company specialising in commercial fit out, building refurbishments and procurement. That experience, plus being surrounded by family members who are in the construction industry, made me realise that I really wanted a career in the same industry.”

“I get a lot of support from my colleagues. They don’t complete the modules for me, but they do give me guidance and examples which I can use to make my submissions even stronger.

“I am having a really good time in my job: I like meeting new people and being part of the ‘work family’ at VGC.”