Apprentice - Civil Engineering at Mott MacDonald

Start Date:
2015
Location:
Whitehaven
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Salary:
£12,000 annually
Review Date:
7th April 2016

Review Score

6.3/10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

7/10

Here at the Mott MacDonald office, I spend my time creating AutoCAD drawings, looking at drawings, working on site and completing any college work.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

8/10

I have learnt many new skills, such as how to use AutoCAD, how to complete on site surveys. I have learn how to look at drawings, and how to interpret drawings.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

6/10

I enjoy the working week, but there are some downsides. Our office is very small, which means that it can be very relaxed. Some people don't have the time to help me out, and there isn't a set framework.

4. How valued do you feel by Mott MacDonald?

6/10

I do feel valued by Mott MacDonald, but sometimes I feel left out. I am often left out of site visits as they feel I am a liability. But sometimes they spend a lot of time working with me and helping me out.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

4/10

That is the weakest point of my apprenticeship. My office that I work in is a satellite office. Which means there is little to no structure.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?

9/10

I get lots of support, but this is usually from college tutors. they help me through every step and help me to achieve my potential!

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?

4/10

There are 2/3 members of staff who help me out, but most are 'too busy' to help! I can often find myself figuring things out on my own..!

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?

8/10

My salary is very good. It is better than anything a part time worker/student would get, so I cannot complain from that perspective. A pay rise would be nice and the years go on as I will find myself soon needing a car and a house to rent, and my current wage wouldn't suffice.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

5/10

We have a small office, so the amount of opportunities are small. Most of the people in my office like to go out on a Friday night and get drunk, this isn't my sort of thing. There are a couple of up and coming team building events which I will be attending.

9a. Would you recommend Mott MacDonald to a friend? *

Yes

9b. Why? *

Mott MacDonald is a huge company - with international offices. I'm in the long game, so I plan to work through the 4 year apprenticeship and when I am fully qualified, I plan to emigrate and work abroad.!

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Mott MacDonald? *

Stick with it! There is lots of dead ends, lots of interviews, faffing about. But it is all worth it!

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