We are delighted to be celebrating the 15th annual National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2022) campaign this week.
The theme for 2022 is ‘Build the Future’, and the week will focus on the benefits apprenticeships can bring to businesses, local communities and individuals.
Together with apprentices from across the business, Nick Harrison, Elizabeth Shepherd and Jessica Paito from our Group Learning and Development team will be taking part in various events throughout the week, aiming to inspire and inform young people in schools.
We are also thrilled to share our new ‘I love Apprenticeship’s’ video starring apprentices from across our offices and disciplines.
In addition, below you can read fascinating insights from two of our new apprentices who joined us in August. Connor Webb takes us through his day-to-day responsibilities as a Level Six Transport Planning Apprentice, whilst Habiba Bernier gives us the lowdown on how she splits her time between the office and university as she works towards her Environmental Science degree.
As a Level Six Transport Planning Apprentice I get involved in a wide range of projects. My role includes everything from using CAD to measure roundabout geometry, through to writing reports estimating the amount of traffic we will see if a new development should get the go ahead.
This varied workload has been brilliant for my development and has given me a much broader view of the way different clients prefer things to be done and presented. I have been able to get stuck into quite a few projects across the country, including the redevelopment of Elliott’s Field Retail Park in Rugby, a redevelopment scheme in Scunthorpe which included report writing and completing works on the transformation of a former car park into student accommodation, and Graven Hill, which is the first self-build village in the UK. It has been great to work on such a wide variety of projects, and it means that there are never two days the same.
I attend Aston University in Birmingham roughly once a month, working towards my qualification. Although I only just started in August, I have already made good progress this year, both in the workplace and in my academic studies. I feel there is a good balance between the office workload and my university assignments and exams.
I joined Waterman in August 2021 as an Apprentice in the London environmental team and my training as an Environmental Practitioner has involved an interesting and varied mix of learning experiences.
From Tuesday to Friday, you’ll find me working in the office. Here, I rotate my position amongst the environmental team every six months to broaden my knowledge and practical understanding of how each section operates, meeting their client’s needs and addressing the environmental challenges the world is currently facing. For example, during my current stint with the Land Contamination team, I am assisting with their report writing and I’ve also attended site visits where I’m helping compile data on contaminants found in groundwater and soil samples.
Every Monday, I attend Kingston University in Kingston Upon Thames where I’m studying for my Environmental Science BSc degree. It is here that I’m learning the theory and practice of sustainability and the workings of our planet’s major environmental systems, as well as gaining an understanding of how we can predict and respond to environmental challenges. I find it really helpful that this content underpins and enhances my understanding of my work with Waterman.
Throughout my degree I have participated in fieldtrips where we can put our learning into practice in the real world. Our first fieldtrip took place in Brixton where we were tasked with researching the extent of basic amenities within a 20-minute radius of a certain neighbourhood. I’m also looking forward to our next fieldtrip which will be a weeklong trip to Cornwall. I particularly like being able to meet Apprentices from other businesses during these trips because I have been able to form connections and friendships with a wider variety of people in the same field of work.
To find our more about Apprenticeships with Waterman, click here to visit our dedicated Apprenticeships page.