Apprenticeship Case Study – Shellbee Hadley-Smith

Shellbee Hadley-Smith joined GTA Civils & Transport as an apprentice and is now well on her way to becoming a fully qualified Transport Planner.

I didn’t initially plan on going into engineering but I realised it linked well with many of the subjects I enjoyed in school including the sciences. I heard about an opening at GTA from friends that already worked within the company and applied.

Shellbee’s apprenticeship at GTA enabled her to combine work experience and further education.

Whilst working with GTA I have been able to complete a 2 year course in Transport Planning at the Leeds College of Building. At the same time, I work on transport projects every day, alongside highly-qualified colleagues, gaining experience and on the job training.

Undertaking an apprenticeship requires dedication but it can also provide a great kick start to your chosen career.

If you are considering an apprenticeship as a way to develop your career – be prepared to work hard!

Completing my BTEC Diploma in Transport Planning involved travelling to Leeds where I studied for 2 weeks at a time. Alongside this I continued my work at GTA writing a variety of reports including Transport Assessments, Travel Plans and Construction Management Plans for a number of potential developments including residential and commmercial developments, schools and surgeries.

Shellbee passed her BTEC course with flying colours and is pursuing further career development within the company. Currently employed as an Assistant Transport Planner, Shellbee has the way forward clearly mapped out.

Having completed my BTEC Diploma in Transport Planning, I am now gaining experience every day. This will continue to be an ongoing process for me.

As a female in a male dominated industry, I am aiming to increase my knowledge of Transport Planning and gain experience in my field to become a respected engineer and valued employee.

We are delighted to have Shellbee on board and are very proud of her achievements. She is a valuable member of our Transport Planning team and GTA remains committed to helping her shape her career in engineering.

Lawrence Stringer, Director of Transport Planning Services

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Apprenticeships are a great way to start a career in Civil Engineering or Transport Planning and GTA actively supports those seeking to learn new skills whilst working within the company.

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Name: Shellbee Hadley-Smith

Department: Transport Planning

Role: Assistant Transport Planner

Course: BTEC Diploma in Transport Planning

Joined: December 2014