1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Mechanical Technician, daily task would involve me using software packages like autocad and revit to design mechanical services. On some projects I am able to go on site to take photographio evidence of what the site currently looks like.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
After two years of college we get an academic qualification (level 3). The company also teaches us how to use software packages. During lunchtime we are given talks which enhances our knowledge.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Work is something you look foreword to after a weekend because the team make you feel as if you are unique and needed. It does meet my expectation and I do enjoy it.
4. How valued do you feel by Arup?
I feel valued a lot by Arup because of the way my managers appreciate me and how they make me feel unique by giving me different tasks, especially different jobs.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The work based programme is very well structured but the college either needs to change or be more organised. I do like the support I receive if I am finding something difficult
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I do get support with work but when it comes to the organisation, they are really bad. The whole structure needs to be rethink because it just does not make sense
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Work based support is great, they assist me with every query I have. There are two mentors who were given to me and they help me with and technical problem I may have.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I currently receive £15000 and this is very less to put me through living costs, travel costs, daily costs, social costs. By the end of the month many of us are struggling.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Events are quite regular outside work and there is many opportunities to meet new people. Before I was working I was a full time student at university.
9. Would you recommend Arup to a friend?
Arup is really different compared to other companies, the way people interact is just unique. Everyone would enjoy it. Another think is how flexible they are with regards to working hours.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Arup?
Ask as many questions as you can during your interview in regards to any doubts you have or anything. Everyone should state any experience they have in anything.
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