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National Apprenticeship Week 2021

For National Apprenticeship Week, we spoke to three of our apprentices from across the practice during an online roundtable session hosted by Maria Glynn, our apprenticeship programme co-ordinator.  We asked them to share with us their decisions to choose an apprenticeship programme as their career route to becoming architects, engineers and planners.


We also conducted an interview with Rachael Gilbert, apprentice building services engineer, about how she became an apprentice and what it means to her.


Why did you choose the apprenticeship route?

I’ve always been creative and into design and when my old career goals began to fade, I saw the opportunity to transfer my skills into engineering. Getting an apprenticeship was a chance for me to retrain without having to move back home and go back to university full time. It’s allowed me to immerse myself in the building industry, learn on the job more quickly and understand the importance of collaboration across the business. University is great for learning the fundamentals of engineering but it is the time in the office, surrounded by professionals, where I am able to learn my trade properly.

What is your favourite part of the job?

My favourite part of the job is working on local projects. I’m lucky to live around the corner from a couple of major projects we’ve been working on in Manchester city centre. I love watching them come to life and knowing that I’ve been a part of shaping Manchester’s skyline.

What type of tasks do you complete on daily basis?

I work on the digital engineering team within Building Services Engineering. I support the engineers by drawing their designs into Revit, ensuring mechanical, electrical and public health elements fit within the architectural model. I also compile this information and put together schematics for mechanical and public health drawings.

To find out more about our apprenticeship programme please contact

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