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National Apprenticeship Week: 3 good reasons to choose an apprenticeship

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, Dylan Purewal apprentice at Mouchel and winner of the ICE Quest Technician Scholarship Award explains why an apprenticeship in engineering was the right choice for him.

 

After graduating from New College Telford, I had two options: an apprenticeship or a degree. I’ve always known I wanted to work in civil engineering. After weighing up the different options, I decided to go for an apprenticeship and haven’t looked back since.

Earn while you learn

Since I’ve started my apprenticeship in September 2015 at the Mouchel Shrewsbury office, I’ve been given the opportunity to learn and train with talented and passionate individuals while studying for a BTEC Level 3 (ONC) in Civil Engineering in the Built Environment at Solihull College. In addition to the invaluable experience I’m gaining through work, I am also earning a wage, giving me more freedom and independence.

As part of my apprenticeship, I’ve chosen the team rotation programme, which means that I’ve been able to work with lots of different teams and discover the type of work they undertake. So far, I’ve been able to work in the highways, traffic, flood and water management, and highways development control teams, and I will be moving to structures in June. By doing this, I’ve gained valuable experience from engineers who have taught me how to design a road, to managers who have showed me how to lead a team.

Practical and relevant experience

Since starting at Mouchel, I’ve been able to design a vehicle restraint system on a major highway, learnt how to use CAD software, and designed sign and road markings. I have also gained site experience from our flood and water management schemes as well as from our highway schemes, and have taken charge of site surveys. This year I hope to go for my EngTech and hopefully look forward to a promotion to Technician.

Get ahead and impress

Recently, I filled an application for the scholarship award and sent if off to the ICE West Midlands. I had to write about why I should receive the scholarship award and demonstrate that I was a good leader, a team player, ambitious and able to think and act independently.

I was invited to an interview in late January 2017 with Simon Hassan, Regional Development Officer for the ICE, and a couple days later heard the good news that I had been successful. I was surprised to receive the award but the sponsorship money will help with the cost of my studies, travel and pay for presentation materials required for my final coursework.

The award has also opened up new doors for me and has gone into boosting my portfolio. It’s definitely one of my proudest achievements. After winning this, I’ll provide a yearly statement for the ICE with my grades and how I’m getting on in general. I’d encourage anyone to go for an apprenticeship and the Technician Scholarship.

I hope that this helps you to decide whether an apprenticeship is the right choice for you, I know it is for me and look forward to the next phase of my career.

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