1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Each day at Arup is different, the projects you are able to work on makes every week a different one- learning new skills, knowledge and experience within the engineering industry. Over time, you gain responsibilities to manage certain things, people and interact with a variety of engineers with a vast amount of experience between them.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
With this apprenticeship, learning and developing skills is what it's all about. Arup as a company values their apprentices a lot in terms of providing qualifications, skills and experience within all different departments of engineering. By working at Arup and studying at college alongside each other, you get to learn about engineering whilst gaining the qualifications, but also experience what you learn hands on by doing it at work.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the type of work and environment I am involved in a lot. It is interactive, challenging, interesting and unique. Creating and being involved in work for a project which will eventually be built is a real attraction to me as I feel that what I am producing is having an affect and will eventually become a real life structure which I can say I was a part of.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The apprenticeship programme here at Arup is very well supported and structured. There is an endless amount of training on offer, as well as a system set out where support from everyone at the company is on offer to you. Buddy's, mentors, colleagues and your team are all happy to help you in progressing your career as an apprentice.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There is endless support within the company for apprentices and their progression. Support comes from apprentices who have been at the company longer and have experienced this already, colleagues with the relevant knowledge, mentors and buddies who are assigned to you and the college itself in which you study at.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
There is plenty of support from the college you attend in terms of helping push you to your best and show you down the right path to understanding your studies and making sure you are producing the right work, without spoon feeding you. From my own experience, they are understanding and always willing to lend a helping hand when needed.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
Whilst working within the company, you learn the skills of how to carry out your job, the work you produce through college helps you gain the knowledge and understanding of what you are doing and why. This helps you know the reasoning behind decisions made in engineering and how to make sensible and smart decisions whilst carrying out the 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.)
There are always activities and socials going on within Arup, out of work socials, project socials, sports teams etc. The company is a very friendly and welcoming workplace, which loves the idea of pushing people to communicate and interact with each other. There are end of month drinks, project celebrations and football/netball and plenty other sports teams.
9a. Would you recommend Arup to a friend?
Arup is a professional, well-known and friendly firm which has all the steps in place to help you progress not just within the company, but as a person and engineer as well. The apprenticeship programme is well structured, supported and set-out, making it a great first career step in getting involved within the engineering industry.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Arup?
Show that you are dedicated to engineering, motivated to learn and progress and have the perseverance to do well in your qualifications and the work you will be taking part in- all whilst being passionate about the company and the role you will be taking up. Arup is a great company with great employees.
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