Demonstrating the careers potential that an apprenticeship qualification can bring, 19-year-old Maya Visram is celebrating landing a full-time position as projects assistant with developer and construction firm, Chartway Group.
As we reported in February, Visram was enjoying a role in the firm’s projects department after completing her A-levels last year, and was complementing her office job with one day a week at MidKent College for her Level 2 apprenticeship in business administration.
She will continue to work alongside Chartway projects director, Tim McCloughlin, in her full-time position of projects assistant, working on the preparation of tender packs and project handover packs for the company’s sites, such as health and safety files, resident packs and home users guides.
“My apprenticeship gave me an excellent foundation and understanding of the business across all its areas of operations,” she comments. “I have gained valuable, hands-on experience in the workplace whilst being mentored and supported by the experienced team at Chartway Group. I look forward to continuing to develop my skills and abilities and hope to work towards becoming a project manager in the future.”
From its headquarters in Coxheath, Kent, the group has a team of about 165 staff across two divisions: a ‘one-stop’ construction company with clients including housing associations and private developers; and a private residential housing provider under the Westerhill Homes brand. The company has won numerous national awards for its successful growth since it was founded in 2009, the result of a portfolio of notable projects including regeneration in the Medway town of Rochester, the redevelopment of the former Ashford College site, and the construction of new homes in Sittingbourne.
Visram’s boss Tim McLoughlin says: “Maya proved herself to be an able student during her apprenticeship and we’re delighted to welcome her to the team. The Chartway Group is committed to helping to bridge the skills gap in the construction sector as well as to encouraging females to consider careers in the construction industry and our apprenticeship programme as an important step in achieving those ambitions.”