Apprentice Interview



In light of National Apprenticeship week, our Head of People, Leanne Jones caught up with Bradlee Cherry, Plant and Transport Coordinator. Bradlee joined ReachActive in January 2017 as an apprentice and has recently progressed in to the role of Plant and Transport Coordinator. We hope you enjoy the read.


Job Title

Plant and Transport Coordinator

Apprenticeship title & duration?

My apprenticeship was in Business Administration, it was a 1-year course which I completed successfully.

How long have you worked for ReachActive?

Around 14 months. My position was made permanent after the completion of my apprenticeship. I have been employed on a permanent contract with the company since January 2018.

Describe what you do on an average day

I work in the Plant and Transport department, I arrange commercial vehicles, up to 7.5 ton. I also support the team with general administration such as checking driving licenses, arranging vehicle repairs, running driving reports and statistics and I also look after invoicing for the department. I currently support the UK and Irish operations.

Why did you decide on an apprenticeship?

I wanted to do something different and learn life skills. I had worked alongside my Dad growing up and it gave me some good exposure to working life. I had also previously pursued mechanics at college but I didn’t like the course or the classroom approach. I tried it twice, and dropped out twice. I had also studied business at school and found it interesting. This seemed like a hands-on approach, learn and work. It was a bonus that I would be paid for it! I must say, it did take my family to push me towards applying for the apprenticeship, there was a time I wasn’t sure if it was for me. But I am really glad I did, I love it.

Had you been interviewed for a job before?

This was my first real interview. I was interviewed by my current manager, he is the company Plant and Transport Manager. I remember feeling nervous about it all but luckily it went ok and I got the job.

How did you decide that the opportunity here was the best one for you and your career?

This was one of two opportunities I had to choose from. Joining ReachActive allowed me to learn something new, a massive industry with a wealth of opportunity in it. I get the impression that people don’t initially appreciate how many opportunities this industry creates. That was a huge factor in my decision making as you never know what is around the corner and I wanted to maximize my learning and the opportunities ahead of me.

What are your career aspirations?

I would like to work abroad, somewhere in Europe or in the USA. I have always liked Germany as a country and would like the opportunity to learn that language. I would like to progress in to a management position over the next 5-10 years but am planning to keep learning and play that by ear for now.

How have you grown since you started working for ReachActive?

I have opened up as a person, I am now much more confident. When I first joined the company and my phone would ring, I would sit and stare at it until it would stop as I was too nervous and shy to talk to anyone. I am still quite quiet but I have no fear with regards to communicating or interacting with others any more.

What were your biggest challenges throughout the apprenticeship?

Due to my confidence issues I found getting used to new people hard. I struggled with writing emails effectively and not letting my emotion rule the tone of my messages. In my position I make and receive a lot of calls and emails so the biggest challenge was doing this effectively and finding confidence when it was lacking. I also found the industry confusing at times, particularly at the beginning although I soon picked it up and became a lot more familiar with

What advice would you give to others who are considering an apprenticeship but are not sure if it’s the right way to go?

I would advise that you should consider the pros and cons to all of the opportunities in front of you. Also consider what options could open up the most doors for you as you progress. Ultimately, it’s about being happy with what you do, finding a company to support you and who will let you learn from your mistakes but equally it’s about enjoying the job role. Not pursuing a mechanics career could have been a risk for me, but I made the decision to try something new. Give it a try and stick with it, you may well discover a bunch of skills you never knew you had.

If you knew then what you know now, is there anything you would do differently?

I would use my confidence to speak up. I was always too scared to bring an idea to the table as I wasn’t sure if anyone would listen.

What’s coming next?

I hope to get more involved in the coordination of larger vehicles and car fleet. I want to continue learning as much as possible and keep growing as an individual. I would like to visit work sites more and get closer to the workforce.

To apply for a specific job vacancy or to speculatively reach out to us, visit or contact Our roles are based across a variety of UK sites (London, Hertford, Basingstoke) and Ireland sites (Dublin & Mullingar).

ReachActive are an equal opportunities employer.


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ReachActive Hertford celebrates Pancake Day. How will you be having yours? Chocolate spread seemed to be the most popular filling here….



Energoinvest ReachActive awarded ‘Best New Entry Medium Size Organisation’ at NISO’s 26th annual Occupational Safety Awards

NISO is the National Irish Safety Organisation and its goal is to create working conditions where Irish workplaces are the safest and healthiest in Europe.

The annual Occupational Health Safety Awards recognise how organisations manage health and safety at work, supporting and contributing towards NISO’s goal. Energoinvest ReachActive entered the scheme for the first time in 2017 and was awarded ‘Best New Entry Medium Size Organisation’.

This award provides external recognition from a highly regarded organisation of the health and safety standards and achievements at Energoinvest ReachActive during the year. This would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment from our health and safety teams and operational staff in supporting one of Energoinvest ReachActive’s key values, ‘the continuous promotion of a safety culture targeting zero harm’.

The awards ceremony in Galway was attended by our SHEQ manager for Ireland, and representatives from our overhead power lines, substations and underground power networks divisions.

Together, we will continue improving our health and safety standards – and look forward to further awards in the future.



ReachActive staff at Mullingar make a delivery to their local Foodbank!

It was our Irish team’s turn to donate a large parcel of food supplies to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul foodbank.

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is the largest, voluntary, charitable organisation in Ireland, their goal is to fight poverty and offer practical assistance to people in need. They help thousands of people every year.

This was the third donation made by ReachActive staff this Christmas as the company increases its efforts to help those in need.

We would like to wish all of our clients, customers, colleagues a very happy Christmas

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ReachActive donate to the Euston, Trussel Trust Foodbank

After donating 93kg of food and supplies to the Hertford foodbank, it was the ReachActive London staff who next donated, this time to the Euston foodbank.

The Trussel Trust runs over 400 food-banks, offering emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK.

Another good effort from the team, well done to those that contributed! Next up, our team in Ireland get involved.

More updates to follow.

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ReachActive crews have mobilised to support SSE in Scotland for Storm Caroline

Upon receiving the news that storm Caroline was approaching Scotland, ReachActive crews began making their way over to support SSE.

Storm Caroline arrived on Thursday 7th and there is set to be gusts of up to 80mph. The Met Office have issued a yellow warning with more snowfall and heavy wind expected. There are already 500 homes without power and temperatures have dropped into freezing.

Well done to all ReachActive staff for their quick response to the storm.

More updates to follow as work progresses.

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Award of New Contract – BAFTA, London Piccadilly

ReachActive have won the multi utility diversions and new basement substation design and build contract for BAFTA in Piccadilly London.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is a world leading independent arts charity. Every year it holds an iconic ceremony to recognise the hard work of actors and performers in television and arts.

Find out more about BAFTA here.

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Award of New Contract – Crossrail Multi Utility Diversions at Bond Street, West End, London

ReachActive has won the design and build utility services diversion works contract for Crossrail at the new Bond Street Station in London working with the Costain Skanska Joint Venture (CS? JV).

Crossrail stated that “The Elizabeth line Bond Street station will help improve accessibility and increase capacity at one of the busiest shopping districts in the UK to accommodate over 225,000 people using the Jubilee, Central and Elizabeth lines daily”. Find out more about the Bond Street station project on the Crossrail website.

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ReachActive staff continue power restoration works as Storm Brian hits in Ireland and UK

RA and ERA staff have been working tirelessly in Ireland to restore power back to the remaining 79,000 homes without electricity due to storm Ophelia.

Work continues as storm Brian hit the UK and Ireland this weekend.

People are urged to remain vigilant due to the high wind speeds throughout the UK and Ireland.

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UPDATE: Storm Ophelia restoration works continue

RA UK and ERA continue their work on the field to try and restore power to the remaining 61,000 homes without electricity. The pictured map illustrates the locations of some of the crews in Ireland.

Weather conditions are expected to worsen over the next two days so everyone is being urged to regularly check weather updates and remain vigilant.

Significant progress has been made so far so a big well done to all RA staff and remember, stay safe!

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