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Case Study - A Change of Career

Danielle decided to take a dramatic change in her career. She was working as an auditor in a bank before pursuing a career in construction.

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A plant operator apprenticeship offers a route into plant machinery. The Flannery Plant Hire apprenticeship gives the learners a structured programme delivered through a blended approach of on and off the job training, and the learner also earns while they learn. The apprenticeships are delivered from the CITB National Construction College and The Operator Skills Hub, giving learners the chance to utilise training simulators and the latest semi-autonomous vehicles to prepare plant operators and apprentices for the modern-day construction site.

Danielle decided to take a dramatic change in her career. She worked as an auditor in a bank before pursuing a career in construction. Females are generally underrepresented within the construction industry, and female construction apprentices are not very common.

“I expected some resistance, as there were definitely some preconceived perceptions that working on-site was a man’s role. That couldn’t be further from the truth.”

After college, she started her site experience on a roller and gradually progressed onto a 30T dump truck. “I’m given so many opportunities to work on large scale earthworks projects, and I feel like I am a big part of the team. In September, I was awarded the Star of the Future Award for Plant Operator Apprentice of the Year. I was delighted! My company believes in me, and I am so excited to be contributing to such an important industry.”

Danielle is looking to progress and become a senior plant operator or a foreman. “I love mentoring and supporting others. I also want to pursue my ambition to get other females to enter the industry, and I am grateful that Flannery is giving me this opportunity.”