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Rebekah Mehmi, a chartered town planner apprentice at Wycombe District Council, on the benefits of an apprenticeship through the Royal Town Planning Institute From an early age, I was interested as to how we can live sustainably. I chose planning as a career as I wanted to be part of the decision making processes that shape our towns and cities. Many of our historic local communities need regeneration and I want to be part of that driving force that brings

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Daniel Parkinson is gaining a wealth of experience balancing his studies with a role at Balfour Beatty and a degree through the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) For Daniel, a degree apprenticeship provided an invaluable opportunity to progress his career within the construction industry. The 27-year-old from Preston is now in his third and final year of the part-time BSc (hons) quantity surveying course at UCLan. A programme he chose to embark upon due to the quality of teaching and

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Chris Meredith is an apprentice at Jacobs, where he works as a senior technician. He’s doing his apprenticeship training with Leeds College of Building Chris didn’t have the best start in life and left school without any GCSEs. After leaving school and undertaking several odd jobs, he ended up unemployed. He was at rock bottom, but he yearned to be successful and was determined to get his life on track. Previously, he had undertaken a level 1 BTEC at Leeds

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Ruth Watson is a civil engineer apprentice at Mott MacDonald, with one day of her week spent with Leeds College of Building Ruth works for Mott MacDonald as a civil engineer apprentice. She currently works in the dams and reservoirs team as a project leader. She has recently trialled a digital tool that helps compare the impact that various methods of construction have on carbon emissions. During her gap year, Ruth reflected on the career that she would like and

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Rebecca Watt is studying a chartered surveyor degree apprenticeship at Northumbria University in Newcastle, while working as an apprentice quantity surveyor at Turner and Townsend Rebecca said: “The benefit of doing an apprenticeship is that you get real life experience that you probably wouldn’t get on a full-time degree. I am able to develop skills and academic knowledge with Northumbria University and then apply this practically throughout my work at Turner and Townsend. I’m very lucky that my workplace is

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Isabelle Hewitt works for Esh Group as a trainee quantity surveyor, and is currently working towards a five-year, chartered surveyor degree apprenticeship at Northumbria University in Newcastle Isabelle won the Apprentice of the Year at the G4C North East Awards. Discussing her apprenticeship, Isabelle said: “I personally find a degree apprenticeship to be one of the best opportunities that anyone could ask for. Being able to learn the practical and the theory and apply it to the physical jobs, and

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Duncan Storey is an apprentice quantity surveyor working at Joyce Construction, and is currently completing his chartered surveyor degree apprenticeship at Northumbria University Speaking about his experience of completing a degree apprenticeship, Duncan said: “I chose to do an apprenticeship because I felt it was the best way forward to work in the industry while also studying for the degree.” “The benefits of doing the apprenticeship as opposed to a standard degree are that when you are studying at the

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CITB apprentice Gabriel Lynch, from Shipley, has taken every available opportunity to learn and understand all aspects of the work of his employer Barrett Homes Going about his business with energy and enthusiasm and always aiming to perform to the best of his abilities has seen Gabe fast-track through his training and the company’s ranks and has seen Gabe recognised as CITB’s Apprentice of the Year. Gabe, now 23, had no previous experience of the construction housebuilding sector, but in

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At just 23, CITB apprentice Jessica Lea from St Helens has a message for other young women who would like to join the UK construction industry: ‘Go for it!’ Jessica said she loves the variety and job satisfaction as an assistant engineer with the Murphy Group, and is thriving in what has traditionally been seen as a male-dominated industry.  “The apprenticeship route was definitely the best for me,” said Jessica. She has achieved a BTEC qualification in civil engineering at

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CITB apprentice Shamsollah Rahimi, 26, is a perfect example of having the ability and belief to achieve your dreams despite the challenges life presents Shamsollah came to Scotland six years ago as a refugee from Afghanistan with no family support. He has had to settle in a new environment, learn a different language to enable him to understand the course content and to communicate with all parties on site, as well as cope with the challenge of learning the specific

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