• 23 January 2017

“I really enjoy the ability to work independently whilst learning on the job”

Since joining Waterman and beginning my apprenticeship in Civil Engineering, I have had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects at different stages of the design phase, facing a new challenge for each one. I really enjoy the ability to work independently whilst learning on the job.

Having an interest in engineering design, I decided an apprenticeship would provide a good opportunity to gain skills in an office environment and participate in engineering projects rather than just being an observer. The real benefits of an apprenticeship are learning skills and knowledge on working construction projects whilst obtaining recognised qualifications.

During a typical day, I work on projects that have been given to me by the engineers within our section, meaning I have the opportunity to work on both the Structural and Civil sides of a project. There has been a huge improvement in my understanding of these areas of work since joining Waterman, which is great since I wouldn’t have any specialist knowledge without the opportunities given to me by my colleagues to work on calculations, use AutoCAD or Revit, alongside other specialist programs used within the industry.

The biggest challenge for me at the moment is juggling college along with the projects I work on, but thankfully everyone in my team is happy to share their experiences and knowledge to help me.

Since completing my NVQ and Level 3 qualification, my Director and work colleagues have been extremely supportive in continuing my education. I have now started my HNC and plan to complete this and continue to grow in my field. If I achieve a good result, I will hopefully be able to go on to do a BEng or MEng degree at university, additionally I’m aiming to be professionally recognised by either IStructE or the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE).

James King

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