Civil Apprentice at Mott MacDonald

Start Date:
West Midlands
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£1,050 monthly
Review Date:
March 2019

Review Score

8.2 /10

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


Job role includes, producing drawing on AutoCad, amending construction drawings, checking calculations, taking part in aspects of highway/drainage design, producing visualisations using 3-D modelling software and producing engineering reports. Projects that I work on range from Train stations and large motorway and road improvement schemes, town improvement schemes etc.

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


I have learnt may new skills since joining Mott MacDonald as an apprentice, firstly my communication and written skills have very much improved so has my ability to work as member of a team. I have also learnt how to use many different software package including Autodesk AutoCAD and Autodesk Infraworks.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


Overall I would say that the programme is enjoyable, my work is very varied as I have been rotated through a variety of teams and disciplines. The company culture is very positive, with a sports and social team which organises many different events so that employees can enjoy themselves in a more relaxed environment after a working day.

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


Generally the programme scores above average on structure, their was not a formal apprentice induction which would have been beneficial, however you are given access to many training resources and support from mentors and your line manager so that you can raise any concerns that you have regarding the course.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?


I was assigned a mentor when I first joined the company. This will usually be a graduate who is in the same team as yourself. My manger is very supportive and provides me with a lot of guidance and he is approachable enough for me to raise any concerns that I have.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?


My NVQ assessor gave me a lot of support when I first joined, helping me to adjust to the course structure and clearly explain the steps to the programme, he has also provided me with some good career advice with regards to where I can take my career in the future, he is also very good at preparing me for the EngTech qualification which I hope to sit in the near future.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?


The NVQ qualification very much helps you with regards to job performance as it teaches communication, written skills and how to explain technical matters in a clear and concise way, the BTEC qualification is good but in my opinion less beneficial in improving job performance than the NVQ qualification as it is all classroom based with very little practical work.

8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)


Yes the company have a sports and social team which provide a variety of social events that you can attend throughout the year, this has included weekly football, an annual sports day event, bowling, meals, pantomimes, cricket games, walking tours, pub quiz, ice hockey, golf, snowdome visits and many more.

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


9b. Why?

Good Company Culture. Great career advancement opportunities. Good environment. Helpful management and HR. Good variety of work. sports and social activities. Flexible. Comfortable offices. They will very much support you with education and gaining qualifications. 2 day apprentice event . They are always trying to find ways to improve the apprentice experience.

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

Prepare well for the interview, if you need to complete the Maths of Science tests always aim to complete the paper and do not leave any questions without answers - stay until the end, if you are required to present be confident and do not be afraid to bring some prompts or notes to help you. At the end of the interview ask some questions, this shows the interviewer that you are enthusiastic and really interested in the job role.

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