Civil Apprentice at Mott MacDonald

Start Date:
Inverness / Inbhir Nis
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Intermediate Level (Level 2)
£18,000 annually
Review Date:
April 2019

Review Score

9.2 /10

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


I am a CAD technician, trained in using programs like AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Revit and Infraworks. I produce drawings for construction and for tender. As well as producing 2d drawings sometimes I work on 3D models too. I get given mark ups to follow from graduate engineers and civil engineers and I can ask them any questions if I don't understand the work.

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


I have learnt skills in self checking, time management, and communication mainly when working with others under time and budget limitations.

I have learnt skills in various Autodesk programs, as well as setting out skills to use on site.

I am competent at 2d and 3d drawing now and improving my skills every day.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


It has been great at Mott MacDonald, plenty support always. They make sure that I have the correct work to tick off attributes in my SVQ vocational qualification. There is plenty support for assistance with college courses too. The only difficult thing I have found was getting off the apprenticeship wage when qualified.

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


There is good support in the office, but some people aren't fully aware how the apprenticeship works. The CITB did a good job on reminding me about finishing my vocational qualification, and they were supportive. I found that HR were not filly aware about differences in Scottish and English qualifications.

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


Always received 100% support. Everyone in my office was interested in the apprenticeship and how it works, there is support and encouragement to go onto the next course as well. Everyone in the office wants you to achieve the best, and they are willing to help you in any way they can.

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


CITB were in charge of me and they were very helpful. If you have any problems with your employer then they can sort it out for you anonymously. They are also in charge of the vocational qualification and they will chase you to complete it, as I found! The University was over all a good experience.

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


It gives you an insight onto why you might be doing the work you're doing daily. You also learn things about Project Management, which helps to understand why you might be completing tender documents etc. There are also skills you learn that may be handy to use at work (Site Surveying).

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, since I joined we have been go karting, fishing, and had a few nights out. Usually free of charge! which is a nice bonus. I would encourage everyone to get involved as there are many people that don't. There are also ICE events which are good for your CPD to get involved with!

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


9b. Why?

Good support, great training and a friendly place to work. Also has decent pay and a good benefits scheme.

There is plenty work, so you will always be busy. If you're interested in 3d modelling and AutoCAD then there is plenty support to get your skills up to scratch.

There is also job security since Mott MacDonald is share holder owned!

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

Make sure the employer is familiar with the apprenticeship and what they have to do to organise it with the training provider.

Health and Safety is always important, we have regular safety moments and are encouraged to report any near misses.

Research the course you will be applying for as well!

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