1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am currently working as a mechanical/electrical technician and my job role is to provide drawings using software such as CAD and Revit. I create drawings and make amends to mechanical/electrical containment that could be clashing. Revit enables the use of 3D viewing to allow for more intermediate detailing and coordination.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have acquired many skills while working at Arup, not just the computer software I am using, but also my social skills, the nature of the job demands you to speak to other people so it is a great and effective way to improve you communication skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
In the current position I am in, I am happy, but as my skills grow and I become comfortable with what I am doing I will want to increase my responsibilities within the company and be provided with a more complex workload.
4. How valued do you feel by Arup?
I feel the company offers me much support and are always friendly towards me, I couldn't honestly ask for a better company to work for, had no issues since I started and I feel that Arup strives towards keeping a friendly community and not treating anybody different.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
College is 1 day a week and on average you are asked to complete 3-4 assignments a month, on top of this you are also required to complete a NVQ portfolio. These two combined make it very hard to juggle your social life with college work and can get a little hectic and hard to get on top of. Apart from this the programme feels well structured generally.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My training provider is always there to help me out when I need it and is very patient when constantly asking him questions. He is happy to take time out of his work and go into extra detail to explain to me how something works and why.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer is also very happy to help me out if I need it. My employer will usually set me up with any training I need to undertake for my work.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I am satisfied with the current wage I am on but the near future my living costs will increase when I move out of home. At the moment while living with my parents I am trying to save up as much as possible for when I move out.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Gaining these qualifications is surely to open many doors outside of work but I am happy where I am working at Arup so I haven't looked for any other opportunities.
9a. Would you recommend Arup to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I feel working with Arup is a great opportunity to acquire new skills and meet new people along the way. They are great with supplying training and a friendly company to work with.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Arup? *
Get involved with CAD and familiarize yourself with the software, if applying for the same apprenticeship role as me, it will be helpful to know a little about the software you will be using when you start. Prepare yourself for questions likely to be asked and have a brief overview on how you are going to answer them questions.
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