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Why apprenticeships are more than just kerb appeal

Being an apprentice is definitely the up and coming way to start your career and I feel that I’m lucky to have the opportunity to get a head start here at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.


Since my first day I have been involved in a variety of tasks and jobs, such as mapping out traffic signs and road markings to designing kerbs, which will not only support and follow the standards of residential areas but also ensure that the drainage remains within the boundaries of any overland flow route.

Every day here at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is different and I feel that I am continually learning. There have been instances where I feel as if I’ve being thrown in the deep end and challenged (especially with the introduction of new software such as PDS) but this is all part of my development and no one will force you to perform a task that they do not believe you are capable of. If I ever feel that I’m struggling, I have a team full of experience around me willing to help and share their knowledge.

Apprenticeships are an excellent way to kick start any career and I believe that within the next few years the amount of apprentices within the UK will dramatically grow. I am incredibly proud to say that I am part of a global organisation.

Not only do WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff support my development within the engineering world, they also support my continual growth and knowledge by allowing me to attend college once a week.

If I was not an apprentice I would probably be at university full time, instead I am gaining valuable engineering experience and earning a wage while getting the all-important qualifications I would also achieve at university.

Nathan Aryee is an apprentice in the Glasgow development team.