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Shaun Donaldson has embarked on his level 3 advanced plumbing apprenticeship with JTL So, what happens when you leave school and have absolutely no idea what you want to do? Like many school leavers, Shaun Donaldson was grappling with exactly this problem back in June 2015 when his parents just happened to call in a plumber to redo the family bathroom. “I was at a loose end, so I thought I’d help him while he was there,” says Shaun. “It

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Corrina Bailey is completing a JTL plumbing and heating apprenticeship with the London School of Economics If you were stuck on an island and needed just one person with all the skills to build, decorate, plumb and heat your home, Corrina Bailey would probably be the perfect choice. The youngest of eight children—and a twin to boot—she started training as a bricklayer at college before changing to a multitrade course that included painting, decorating and some plumbing. She then tried

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Sabrina Irfan 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 most

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Toby Crawley 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 in construction and the built environment; civil engineering course 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 subject I was

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Waleed Azam is an experienced multi-skilled apprentice with a varied and challenging career in site management at Lovell Before starting with Lovell, Waleed was unemployed and lacked direction. He had already gained qualifications in maintenance operations and carpentry but in 2009, aged 24, he took the opportunity to move from a career in the construction trades to site management, and became a management trainee. This involved completing a BTEC national award, before progressing on to an HNC in construction and

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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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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 Wigan and Leigh

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Theo overcame a number of hurdles to make a success of his apprenticeship with CITB Supported by his employer Richardsons of Petersfield, Chichester College and his CITB Apprenticeship Officer, Theo was able to overcome previous dyslexia limitations and proudly pass Maths and English qualifications before completing his trowel occupations apprenticeship with a string of awards along the way. A CITB apprenticeship combines on-site experience with college learning to provide the right balance of training and real-life experience. Theo never let

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Gemma studied Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture for her previous degree. Gemma is currently working within the major applications team at London Borough of Southwark, while also completing an RTPI apprenticeship with London South Bank University to become a chartered town planner. “I was offered the role as apprentice within Southwark Council’s planning department in October 2019 and was enrolled onto the MA chartered town planner apprenticeship degree at London South Bank University (LSBU) almost immediately, starting

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Erin Ruddy, 20, is a civil engineer who was recognised at the College BIG Awards as the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation Apprentice of the Year    I enrolled on the level 3 transport planning technician apprenticeship after coming across the course online. I had completed GCSEs and was six months into my A-levels when I realised they weren’t for me. I started researching apprenticeships after some friends had taken that route and came across transport planning.   It’s quite

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