1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work directly with the Structural Engineers or other disciplines to coordinate, design and produce 3D Models. I mainly work to engineers markups where they will draw how they want me to design the product. I do many different tasks every single day which is why I love my job, this includes things such as the following: Creating 3D Models Reviewing and walking around 3D simulation of Models Virtual Reality Producing concept and rendered examples of models
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I learn new skills every single day as ARUP push to help you develop yourself and overall develop the organisaiton. I have had so many doors opened for me such as being sent to events/talks, having both a funded and internal learning platforms, having 1 to 1 development talks with the seniors, and constant reviews and goals to set. I had no previous experience in my newly developed skills, some skills I have picked up are: Using and Utilizing Virtual Reality 3D Modelling Engineering Knowledge Python and other coding Reviewing General IT skills Many more...!
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I love my job and my programme. If structures are your ambition, this is perfect for you. Not only am I learning the theory behind engineering and physics etc. I'm also working on the job every day and being within the 3D model and seeing in simulation or virtual reality what's going to be produced is truly a unique experience not to be missed. This job is different every day and I can't wait what the future holds!
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is really well structured as we have a huge team of people there to help review, organise and manage us apprentices. They explain all the unique and different opportunities there is within ARUP to help develop us, this includes things like paths to University, funding to go to courses and a huge network of great people and knowledge.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer definitely supports me with everything... my boss consistently helps develop myself and set out paths for the future. Here at ARUP, we plan for our goals for the next 10 years and are monitored on this progress every year. Financial support, our employer offers loans and benefits to everyone in the company and I have had more than 5 pay rises since I've been here in a year and a half! All were at least 5% each! ARUP is a great company to work for, especially considering the extents they go to, to develop all of its employees.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Due to our training provider having some issues, and us wanting to complete our course quicker, ARUP actually gave us some time from work to work on this work (paid and didnt have to take holidays or work the time back!) to keep us stress free as they understand how hard it can be, this helped us greatly and are constantly helping us keep on track! They also motivate you with rewards once you complete your apprenticeship or degree or any other professional qualifications.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
My Qualification definitely gives me insight into the job from a different light, obviously, every company gives us company specific ways of working like they have preset templates etc. So college actually teaches us the detailed reasons why everything is the way it is, I genuinely believe it's worth everyone, apprentice or not, should understand the logic why we do things.
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.)
At ARUP, we have so many activities and social events to the point it's hard to attend even 10% of them! theres so many, after work drinks, clubs, movie nights, yoga, bowling, events, weekend getaways and many more! I have currently been to Manchester, Edinburgh and the Lake District so far, as well as having countless meals, after work meetups and attending events!
9a. Would you recommend Arup to a friend?
I already do this, I recommend all my friends to apply as most people believe a big company like this would just neglect you, however, this isn't the case. Literally, everyone is so friendly and want you to develop yourself, everyone's there to help and everyone really is genuine... that's why Arup employs them!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Arup?
Be yourself, have ambition and do your research. Don't ever think just because you've got no experience that you can't apply. I didn't actually have any knowledge in it and now I've done much better than I thought! ARUP is really just a great place to work so don't be nervous! Summary: Be yourself Have Ambition Try and research general elements if you have time, I didnt but things like columns, beams, slabs etc. if you're 100% new!
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