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Redrow Degree Undergraduate
Apprenticeship Project Planner
Apprentice Engineer at Arcadis
Geotechnical Engineer Apprentice with WSP
Memories made during my time at the UTC are just endless however, if I had to pick one it would be participating in an Employer Project because this enabled me to incorporate all of the learning I had done previously, it looked at real-life construction project scenario. My time at the UTC went far quicker than I originally expected it to and if I could relive those 2 years I spent there I honestly would because I enjoyed it that much.
For those students seeking to follow a Sponsored Degree/Apprenticeship apply for as many as you possibly can (you’ve got to be in it to win it!). Any opportunities that you feel you could see yourself doing just apply whether it’s exactly what you want to do or even very similar because the more you apply for the more likely you are of hearing back from Employers. Also, any opportunities offered by the UTC I highly recommend you get involved with and give it your all you’ve got whether its participating in an Employer project or attending a careers-based event, if you start talking to an Employer, opportunities can arise from the simplest of conversations. Never feel let down if you didn’t get your top university choice or top Sponsored Degree/Apprenticeship because there are plenty out there it’s just a matter of applying.
From when I started TTUTC I knew that I wanted a career in Construction but I wasn’t fully confident on which area of the industry specifically. I had great passion Construction. During my final year I applied for multiple different degree apprenticeships/sponsored degrees with different employer partners that have fantastic connections with the UTC. I applied for the Redrow – School Leaver Sponsored Degree Programme and went through both stage 1 and stage 2 of the interview process before receiving an email offering me the job! Since leaving the UTC I have started working for a fantastic and well-established employer which I feel extremely privileged about and 12 months ago I never thought for a minute that this was the Sponsored Degree I would be successfully employed to take on for the next 3 years.
Every day is a different day for me, at the moment I would like to complete this amazing sponsored degree programme Redrow are providing me with for the next 3 years while I continue to rotate around the various different departments within the Company for the next two years. My final year will be with a department of my own choice. My overall aim is to become a qualified Site Manager.
Out of all the many memories I have with the UTC some of the best I have would be winning multiple Employer projects with my peers and taking a trip to London and spending the day shopping and site seeing with them as a reward.
My advice for students is to find a career that suits you! Find what you are good at and, most importantly, what you enjoy the most. Work experience is a great way to learn more about the job roles that interest you and to determine if a job role isn't quite what you were expecting or hoping for. I say this because if I didn’t attend my work experience, I would most definitely be in the wrong job role. Finally, apply for as many jobs with as many employers as possible, as apprenticeships can be difficult to come by but are definitely worth it.
From a young age I knew that I wanted to Work in the construction industry. This started to become a reality once I made the decision to move from my current school in Walsall to the UTC in year 10. This was the first step I took towards my career, the UTC allowed me to learn about the construction industry at an earlier stage than most students in the country. Followed by this was a brilliant curriculum and a strong engagement with employers that were always amazed by the knowledge and understanding we had at such a young age. I later stayed for my A-Levels where I continued learning more in depth about the industry and the vast job roles it has. During my time in sixth form I was constantly applying for apprenticeships in construction management and even attended work experience in the school holidays to improve my knowledge of the job roles I was interested in. Eventually, through our careers fair, I found an apprenticeship opportunity with Galliford try and impressed the company in an interview which then lead to me starting for the company months later.
My plans for the future are to complete my construction management degree and eventually become either a regional project planner or a project manager!
One of my best memories was when the staff and students were playing rounders and I caught out the Principal Mr Gill.
If you work hard enough, you have more choices and a better chance of getting a job/career that you will enjoy.
I joined the UTC in year 10 to learn Construction and other GCSE subjects. In Sixth Form I studied Triple Construction and A Level Maths. I applied for several jobs and completed my University application. During this process Arcadis saw my application and invited me to complete psychometric tests, Assessment Centre activities and then a face to face interview. Thankfully I was offered a job with the Team.
I hope to complete my Apprenticeship with Arcadis and University Course; BEng Civil Engineering and then in six years I will be a Qualified Civil Engineer. I would like to study for my Masters after this to Qualify as a Chartered Engineer.
My best memory is gaining a place to visit Alton Towers and London with my friends
My advice for any student would be to take the subjects that you enjoy the most, not the subjects that you think are going to gain you a ‘better’ job because this is not the case.
I studied GCSE and A Levels at the UTC. I knew I wanted a career in construction, in particular Engineering. I applied to University as a backup plan but ideally, I wanted an apprentice. I applied for a number of apprentices but I was unsuccessful, therefore I was thinking of Construction Management or Civil and Structural Engineering at university until I saw a position with WSP. I attended the interview and assessment day and was successful.
My plans for the future are to become a chartered Engineer and work hard to gain a promotion as team leader.