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Toby Crawley, 21, is a civil engineering degree apprentice at Siemens, studying at Wiltshire College. Toby is the winner of the New Civil Engineer Apprentice of the Year Award 2019   How did you become a civil engineer? A BTEC level 3 extended diploma course in construction and the built environment, focusing on civil engineering, was being launched at a college near me in Chippenham. I jumped at the opportunity to move over and take my A-level equivalents in the

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Umar Malik, 22, is a civil engineering degree apprentice at AECOM, studying at Liverpool John Moores University. He has already achieved the EngTech MICE professional qualification with the Institution of Civil Engineers as part of his apprenticeship   How did you get into civil engineering? During my time at college, I attended a presentation delivered by AECOM’s technical director. He explained what civil engineering was and why it was a great career choice. At the end of the presentation, he

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Edward Chaplin, 21, is a digital engineer apprentice, studying for a BTEC and NVQ qualification at the National College for Nuclear. He is working for Bylor JV – Laing O’Rourke on Hinkley Point C through his apprenticeship   Why did you choose an apprenticeship in civil engineering? After my A-Levels, I planned to study chemistry at university, but instead I took a gap year, did some travelling and took some time out. I was itching to get experience and start

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Sabrina Irfan, 23, is an apprentice civil engineer at Keller, doing a BEng (Hons) in civil and infrastructure engineering at the University of Warwick, and working towards professional qualification with the Institution of Civil Engineers   Why did you choose a civil engineering degree apprenticeship? I chose to do an apprenticeship because it offered me the opportunity to get real world experience and gain invaluable employability skills alongside a degree.  I had always considered a full-time degree as that’s what

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As a project management apprentice at Highways England, Ellie Noble, 20, gets to observe first-hand the construction of projects that she has worked on   After leaving sixth form, I didn’t want to go to university and build up lots of debt, when instead I could achieve an invaluable qualification while learning on the job and earning money. So I applied for a level 4 project management apprenticeship at Highways England.  I have been with Highways England since January 2019,

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Syeda Taslima Khanom, 28, opted for a project management apprenticeship at Highways England after deciding to change careers   I decided to make a career change from teaching into project management. They are not too dissimilar in terms of the skills and qualities required, but I was aware that I had specialised in science and I would need to retrain myself in this new field. I knew my strengths were in problem solving, planning and delivery. I also enjoyed working

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Rosie Hardie, 22, a quantity surveying higher degree apprentice at Highways England, on why the apprenticeship route puts you ahead of the game   I began my quantity surveying and commercial management apprenticeship in September 2019. I made the decision to take the apprenticeship route rather than a full-time university course as I felt it would give me a massive head start in the industry and would put me at a great advantage once my degree was finished. Also, there

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As a business administration apprentice at Highways England, M Wasim coordinates the routes of extremely large cargo across the country   I am currently undertaking a business administration apprenticeship at Highways England. It covers a wide range of areas of the business environment. Some of the units I have completed are managing information systems, analysing and presenting business data, and creating bespoke business documents. My favourite unit so far was managing personal and professional development because it is one that

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Cushman & Wakefield apprentice Joshua Penemo on the benefits unique to an apprenticeship like his    When I was completing my A-levels, I knew that full-time university was not for me—being in debt from the beginning didn’t appeal to me in the slightest. While exploring my options, I came across the excellent opportunity of a degree apprenticeship, which consisted of earning while you learn! I found this appealing because not only was I going to be working towards a degree

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Elsa Sibley, an apprentice surveyor at Cushman & Wakefield, on the benefits of an apprenticeship at a prestigious company   I studied architecture at college and knew that a profession in something like this, or surveying, would interest me. I did not want to study as a full-time student as I knew this was not my way of learning. I decided to look for an apprenticeship. As an apprentice you get to see and use the knowledge taught at university

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