1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Apprentice Civil/Permanent Way Engineer My daily tasks are varied, I can be working on an alignment on BRT, sorting out drawing on Microstation or even going on site to survey rails and platforms. I have to interact with people inside and outside of my organisation regularly to receive and give updates on the work I do and the work going on in my current project. I am responsible for looking after the drawing structure for 2 phases in one of network Rails biggest projects. I am also the corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) Rep, I organise STEM events and inductions and liaise with schools to promote engineering.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new skills, ranging from CAD to PTS (allowing me to walk along live rail roads alone) I am also getting a level 3 BTEC in civil engineering and construction. There are chances for many internal and external courses if you put yourself out for them and if they're relevant to your day to day work.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy my programme, everyone I work with is kind and willing to share any knowledge and answer any questions I throw at them. It meets and exceeds my expectations.
4. How valued do you feel by Mott MacDonald?
I feel very valued and part of a team, I'm never excluded from anything and everyone feels the same.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My work structure is very good and college is good too, I am offered help with anything I do but they also let you get on alone so you decide what you get out of your own programme.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The support is better now, they are trying to constantly improve and help the students to perform better and they address any problems head on.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a lot of support and help from everyone within my organisation. They offer above what I would expect for someone of my grade.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is competitive but hard to live on if you were planning to live by yourself.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
there are always events that you can attend outside of work, there is a social committee that run sporting or social events from football to paintballing. Mott MacDonald also encourage STEM activity and will help with funding for such things.
9a. Would you recommend Mott MacDonald to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I enjoy the work I do and the people I work with. I think there is a good chance to progress through the company and get to where you want to be.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Mott MacDonald? *
Ensure you know about the company and the type of work you will be doing. Interviews are always good if you're prepared and make sure you scrub up on your maths as there will be a testing stage. The onboarding process is straight forward, you will be assigned a mentor too so they'll offer support wherever you need it.
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