Thames Estuary Asset Management 2100 Program
TEAM2100 is driving innovation at every stage of the asset lifecycle, and is set to deliver £100 million in efficiency savings over the 10-year program.
Will is thankful for second chances. When his first career in retail management left him feeling unfulfilled, he turned to the unique opportunity of apprenticing in the field of engineering. Will’s father is a civil engineer and his grandfather was an electrical engineer, so it’s no surprise that he’s always been drawn to this industry.
Will joined CH2M in August 2015. Since then, he has been an apprentice on TEAM2100, specifically supporting the team working to improve the flood defenses on the Thames estuary. In his role, Will assists project managers with appraisals, commercial documentation and evaluating project options, and when site work begins, he’ll support the contractor as well.
Will wants to change the way people view apprenticeships. “Apprenticeships aren’t what people think these days,” he said. “They’re now highly skilled positions where you go to school and learn on the job simultaneously. They are just different pathways to reach similar goals. They’re great opportunities for those looking for a way into this industry.”
He mentions, “Being a slightly older apprentice, I was initially worried about my role and the way I would be treated, but in my time with CH2M, I have had none of these issues and have managed to establish myself as a valuable member of the team. I can picture my future, and the direction in which I’m going will allow me to gain the necessary qualifications to become a chartered engineer. It’s never too late to make a change.”
Will represented CH2M apprentices at the Lord Mayor’s Show in 2016. His enthusiasm toward his chosen path is contagious and his eagerness to share these experiences with others is inspiring. We’re especially thankful to have him as part of the CH2M family.