Jamie-Lee Francis – Apprentice to Area Manager

Jamie-Lee Francis – Apprentice to Area Manager

I started my career in the construction industry as an apprentice technician for Arup in 2014.
I had always been inspired by the built environment but hadn’t really considered a career in engineering before that.

I attended one of the apprenticeship conventions and found interest in the civil engineering apprenticeship, I started as a Structural Technician shortly after.

The first project I ever worked on is still one of my favourites to date – it was a huge viaduct connecting Hong Kong to the Northwest new territories (Tuen-Mun Chek Lap Kok Link). Since then I have worked on various structures and highways projects ranging from small-scale maintenance works to various elements of major projects such as HS2 or the mobilisation of the main Technology Maintenance Contract for Highways England and Kier.

Currently I am seconded to HS2 working in the Traffic Team covering the Northern section of the HS2 trace – we’re the main liaison point between the contractor’s and Local Authorities.

The engineering industry has been a really positive influence for me and has given me confidence in many areas of my life; it is a demanding field and there are lots of opportunities to get involved in.

I think notably I have enjoyed being a guide to more junior colleagues and apprentices and helping them to get the most out of their career.