As I come to the end of my first year in the Sixth Form at St Bart’s I’m starting to have to make some decisions about what I want to do in coming years. There are lots of options available such as attending university, securing an apprenticeship, joining the Air Force or just getting a job. Right now I have not come to any clear conclusion but I have started trying to find out more about the different opportunities that exist.
I’ve visited a couple of universities which certainly look interesting but I’m now turning my efforts to look at apprenticeship opportunities. One area I am interested in is giant infrastructure projects like the railways and telecommunications. Network Rail and BT both have some excellent apprenticeship opportunities.
To find out more I thought it would be good to learn more about Crossrail – arguably one of the biggest national infrastructure projects at present. Mr Robbins kindly let me have the time off to take a behind the scenes visit to the Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station and it was amazing.
Perhaps the most striking thing was the giant platform I visited 44 metres below ground (see picture). It’s the biggest underground platform I have ever seen and at 257 metres long it took my breath away. It is really going to change the experience for commuters in London. We were shown around by one of the Crossrail team who has been working on the high voltage electrics and he showed us some of the core infrastructure.
The project has employed around 1000 apprentices so far so it was clearly a fantastic opportunity for young people like me and a real alternative to going to university.