Mark Dixon – Lancashire County Council

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Name, Age and Job Role
Mark Dixon, Lancashire County Council 27, Highways Operations Engineer

Which type of Apprenticeship are you doing or have you completed? Please include if it is intermediate, advanced or higher.
I have completed a NVQ level 2 in General Construction Operations
I have completed and ONC and HNC
I am currently enrolled on the CMDA Level 6 apprenticeship

Who do you work for and what do they do?
I work for Lancashire County Council, Area Highways department.

Why did you choose to become an apprentice?
Promote and educate young people about what an apprenticeship actually is

What does your day in your work life involve?
Manage 20+ operatives working on several different schemes. This includes sickness leave and training management. I am responsible for the delivery of multimillion pound construction schemes including, Preston City Centre, Preston Bus Station, Capital Construction schemes.

What do you enjoy and what is the best thing about being an apprentice?
Being paid to learn and develop my career and who I am as a person. I have been working for LCC for 11years and been in education for the majority of this time

What are your career plans and what would you like to be doing in 5 years’ time?
My career plan is to continue to grow and develop, I aim to do this over the next 5 years and become a Senior Operations Engineer

What is your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement was becoming a parent in January 2019

Give us one fun fact about yourself!
I’ve been to Disney land Florida 11 times and it never gets boring.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone thinking about becoming an apprentice?
You can’t go wrong