Harriet: Team Administrator at Govia Thameslink Railway

Harriet: Team Administrator at Govia Thameslink Railway

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I joined the company on an apprenticeship scheme in late 2018. When I saw that GTR was advertising places for its apprenticeship scheme I looked into it straight away because I thought it was a great opportunity to learn whilst getting real life experience in a 9-5 job. I applied for a Level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship and was thrilled to find out I had a place on the course! I was so excited that I didn’t even mind it was based 250 miles away from where I lived.

I’m a Yorkshire girl through-and-through, so although the move was daunting, the opportunity was too good to turn down or let distance stand in the way of. I finished my apprenticeship this February – they usually take around 12-18 months to complete – and was thrilled to be offered a permanent position at the end of it.

I’m officially now part of the Talent, Diversity & Inclusion team and I absolutely love it. They’re involved in delivering training programmes to employees that assist them in all aspects of working life. As a team administrator, it’s my job to coordinate the courses that we run, support my colleagues where needed and undertake the admin tasks that need doing in order for each course to run as smoothly as possible.

Lockdown was a great way of forcing me out and about to discover my surroundings. I live with my boyfriend at the moment, which made the move down south very easy as he was already based here. It’s going well but I’ve had to convert him to Yorkshire Tea!