Georgia’s story takes her from a stall on Lewisham market to the role of proposals coordinator with McLaren.
She is now working on a day-to-day basis supporting our pre-construction Major Projects team to bid for new business.
|School||Haberdashers Askes Knights Academy, Grove Park|
|Apprenticeship||Level 2 in Business and Administration|
Having left school without much in the way of qualifications, Georgia’s Saturday job on a family-owned fruit and veg stall became six days a week. She knew that selling fruit and veg wasn’t for her in the long term, so she enrolled at Lewisham college on a touch-typing course, to give her a business skill to offer employers.
She didn’t stop there. Having heard she could do an apprenticeship in business and administration, she did some research on the apprenticeship.gov website and found a recruitment agency offering help finding a role with an apprenticeship.
After interviews at a couple of employers, an interiors and fitout specialist offered her an admin role with a one-year apprenticeship that would give her a level 2 NVQ (BTEC). She jumped at the opportunity.
She went back to MSTRS for her business skills training. An assessor came to the office to observe her work and she did voice recordings and written reports to complete her qualification. Over four-and-a-half years, the company grew from five people (including Georgia) to over 50.
“I learned so much at Corley + Woolley,” says Georgia. “I was so glad to be taken on by them after the apprenticeship. A job isn’t guaranteed – you’ve got to show you want it.”
In particular, she enjoyed working on putting bids together. Her experience with this and her qualification gave her the confidence to apply for a bid coordinator role at a consultancy. A short time later, a recruitment agency contacted her about a proposals coordinator role at McLaren and she joined the company in the spring of 2019.
Getting back into construction was something she wanted to do, having heard about the company and seen the McLaren name on cranes in the city. An important factor for Georgia was that McLaren has an Investors in People accreditation. “It takes a lot to get that, so they obviously care about their people,” she says. “It definitely shows – it’s a very professional and supportive environment and the support from the people around me is great.”
Georgia has suggested the apprenticeship route to lots of people she knows as a great way to learn – and earn – on the job and build a career. “It’s my greatest achievement, so far” she says.