A graduation ceremony for 21 students who completed their 13-month Level 4 Apprenticeship Project Management Programme in December took place at the Phoenix Centre in London on Wednesday 5th February.
Congratulations to John Wright, Majid Younis, Craig Charlton, Lucy Twynham, James Wiley, Jamie Clarke, Karen Paciello, Michael Hitchins, David Harwood, Lee Cain, Shakil Mahmood, Emma Hogland, Neil Dickinson, Spyridon Vizirianakis, Victoria Hodges, Stephen Fuller, David Lowen, Glenn Collins, Rebecca Nunn, Rachel Payne and Stuart Randall.
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Portfolio director, Paul O’Keefe was among the senior leaders who congratulated the graduates and wished them luck in their careers.
CoS to CFO/COO & Planning & Int director, Helen Bradshaw, spoke about how continuous learning, expanding one’s skillset and ‘paying it forward’ are so crucial to colleagues moving up the business as it forms such a key part of their personal and professional development.
‘Continuous learning isn’t just about us as individuals,’ she said. ‘Lifelong learning helps develop our leadership skills, which then translates into fostering lifelong learning in others.’
Special guests to the event, included Provek representatives, Glen Suttie, Shannon Douglas and Tom Clarke, from Provek– a project management and specialist training provider, who have been training Royal Mail apprentices since 2011.
Provek trainer Tom, said: ‘It’s really humbling being a programme trainer. It’s incredibly fulfilling being a part of this programme. I’ve certainly learned a lot about Royal Mail and what an incredible organisation it is.’
After the graduates received their certificates, Shaun England, optimised delivery programme manager, who started at Royal Mail aged 16, closed the event by speaking about his career and offering his advice on how important it is to be proactive.
‘Own your own profile,’ said Shaun. ‘How you’re perceived is down to how you act. It’s your career and destiny. Knowledge, experience and skills are what will make you successful. Don’t be afraid to try. You won’t succeed if you don’t give it a go.’
Capability development manager, Transformation & Strategy, Jayne James, who organised the event, said: ‘It’s really important to recognise the achievements of our graduates. We know it isn’t easy juggling full-time jobs with studying and family life.
‘It’s hugely important to Royal Mail to have people with these skills coming into the organisation. The most important thing now is what you’ll be bringing back to the business. A massive well done.’