It's National Apprenticeship Week 2022! To celebrate, we caught up with some of our wonderful apprentices who are working across the business in a variety of roles to hear about their experience.
Meet Sonny, Apprentice Structural Detailer
My apprenticeship is in Structural detailing and Draughting. The qualification I am working towards whilst doing my apprenticeship is a Level 3 BTEC in Construction and built environment. In terms of learning new skills there is lots of technical information that I have had to pick up, however the most important skill that I have learnt is the ability to utilise Tekla. Using Tekla efficiently is a key aspect of becoming a structural detailer. I still have many more things to learn about the detailing software. Another example of a skill I have learnt is the ability to interpret graphical information through the means of particular drawings. This is also a key aspect of being a draughtsman.
I enjoy the workplace environment along with the close knit personal communications with colleagues. I also enjoy overcoming different problems and acquiring solutions independently.
Any advice, hints or tips for others considering an apprenticeship?
Make sure that you are familiar with the apprenticeship you are applying for along with the roles that you wish to progress to within that company.
What do you hope to do once your apprenticeship finishes?
I hope to progress to a fully qualified and knowledgeable detailer that is an asset.
Meet Kuba, Apprentice Structural Detailer
Meet Mitchell, Apprentice Structural Detailer
Meet Isobelle, Apprentice Structural Engineer
My apprenticeship is in structural engineering which, in simple terms, involves crunching the numbers and coming up with design solutions so that your building will not fail and collapse.
In this job, every day is a learning day: the design of structural members requires you to look at problems from different perspectives which keeps you on your toes. You must be a mathematician to calculate the forces which act on members, a business person to make the design economic in terms of budget, and a project manager to control your time effectively and interact with clients.
Since starting my apprenticeship with Sigmat, I have found the support that has been available to me has been fantastic. On a day-to-day basis, my direct line manager looks after me by teaching design concepts and answering any questions I might have. Within specific projects, your unique team provides additional help with any problems, giving fresh views on both familiar and new concepts to stretch your understanding.
The work environment is very friendly and it truly feels like you could go to anyone in the company, no matter their position, for assistance, and they would do their best to help you.
If anyone is considering an apprenticeship. I’d say to do it!
Admittedly, it is difficult to manage your time effectively to hold down a full-time job and study at the same time however, it is possible and 100% worth it! I believe that the benefits of an apprenticeship far outweigh the associated difficulties: gaining experience within a workplace gives you a huge advantage over others as you learn the essential soft skills associated with working, including the ability to speak to your colleagues and conduct yourself well within a working environment.
What I Hope to do After my Apprenticeship Ends?
After my apprenticeship ends, I would like to work abroad and on larger projects, which will provide new challenges!