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Abbey Collings - Project Manager

Written by: Herefordshire Council
Published on: 11 Mar 2024

Abbey Collings - Project Manager at Herefordshire Council

We’ve spoken to people from across the region who are currently completing, or who have completed, an apprenticeship so you can find out more about the opportunities available.

Abbey is a Project Manager at Herefordshire Council. Abbey was already working for the Council and had the opportunity to complete a Level 4 apprenticeship in Associate Project Management. Since completing her apprenticeship, Abbey has become a Project Manager for the Project Management Office (PMO) Team! 

Read on to find out more about why they chose the apprenticeship route, what they enjoyed the most and more importantly, how it can help you in your career! 

Why did you choose the apprenticeship route?

I was working in Contract Management at the time, but always knew I wanted to progress a career within Project Management and the opportunity arose. My previous line manager put my forward for it. I was able to continue within my role and learn at the same time. As I was older and had financial responsibilities, I couldn't afford to take a salary cut so this was perfect for me.

What did you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?

It was a great opportunity to meet others who worked for the Council in different departments and learn about the work that they were part of and leading on. It was also good to feel that sense of personal achievement, although I was getting that through work already, I felt like I was always working towards a new goal which I enjoyed. 

How has your apprenticeship helped you in your career?

Enormously. I am now a Project Manager within the PMO (Project Management Office) at the Council. Although I think my previous role (Senior Contracts Officer) would have supported my transition I think having the PM qualification has definitely helped me understand things better. 

You can find out more about the roles Herefordshire Council have available, and more information about them as an employer on their hub here!

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