Yorkshire project manager shortlisted for highways industry award

A rising star who is constructing a successful career after flying through Highways England’s Project Management graduate programme has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award

Yorkshire project manager shortlisted for highways industry award

Published

30 Sep 2020

"When I discovered that the Highways England’s graduate programme provided opportunities where I could work in different areas, carry on practical training, learn the theory side of things and gain a qualification, it really appealed to me"
Emma Simpson, Highways England Assistant Project Manager

Emma Simpson, from Doncaster, is among the finalists in the Association of Project Management 2020 Awards’ (APM) Young Project Professional of the Year category. 

Emma (pictured here winning Ownership Champion at our National Graduate and Apprentice Awards 2018) applied to join Highways England’s three-year graduate programme in 2017 after studying Business and Economics at University of Northumbria. She has since been promoted to an assistant project manager role and led on many schemes across Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. 

Emma, aged 25 said:  

“My colleagues surprised me on my birthday to tell me I was being put forward for the award which was so lovely and heart-warming. 

“When I found out I was shortlisted, I looked on the APM website and refreshed the page ten times because I could not believe it. 

“After leaving university I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do at the time, but when I discovered that the Highways England’s graduate programme provided opportunities where I could work in different areas, carry on practical training, learn the theory side of things and gain a qualification, it really appealed to me. 

“The skills and support I’ve acquired through the scheme have been life-changing and given me the confidence to go through the interview for the assistant project manager role I’m now in.” 

Emma has been nominated for the APM Award following her management of a flooding resilience scheme near the A556 (Knutsford). She will find out if she’s won via a virtual awards ceremony this November. 

Highways England’s graduates and apprentices work across a variety of roles, such as; project management, cyber security, data analysis and many more – all helping to keep people safe, connect businesses and improve community life around our roads. 

Recruitment for Highways England’s 2021 graduate intake has just reopened and will open for our apprenticeship vacancies in November and March 2021.

Find out more about our graduate and apprentice opportunities.

You can also find out more by following our social media channels.  Just search for ‘Highways England’.

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