Meet an Apprentice

Louis Clarke
Apprentice Building Services Design Engineer

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I chose to do an apprenticeship as it is more suited to me and would also be more beneficial in the long run. After completing my A- Levels, I knew that university wasn’t for me so I chose to do an apprenticeship instead as I will be able to gain qualifications such as a degree at the same time as getting experience and getting paid.

What are the benefits of your apprenticeship?

I am getting a head start in my career as by the time I am a fully qualified building services engineer, I will also have had six years of experience which will give me a huge advantage in comparison to going down the university route. The apprenticeship allows me to learn by working on real life projects with a team of experienced engineers which I would never have been able to do if I went to university.

Why building services engineering?

From a young age I have always had a passion for buildings and making things and I knew I wanted to be in the construction industry when I grew up. I didn’t really have any specific job role in mind until I heard about building services engineering. Building services engineering is by far the most interesting role in the construction industry as you will make a building habitable and also you can see building come to life.

Why TB+A?

Firstly, when I saw the TB+A apprenticeship video which really attracted me to the company as I saw that there were a lot of young apprentices just like me who would have gone through the same path. When arriving at my first interview I straight away felt welcomed and I quickly got to the realisation that TB+A want the best for their apprentices so working here would be a good choice.

What are your future plans?

In the future, I wish to carry on learning and improving my engineering skills but mainly I aim to carry on working hard for the business which will hopefully result in me becoming a partner in the long run. A lot of the current partners went through the exact same apprenticeship route as me which makes it even more encouraging.

 

James Warburton
Apprentice Building Services Design Engineer

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

It was at college where I really focused my attention on getting an apprenticeship instead of applying for university, as I prefer to be productive and hands on. The main thing that got me hooked onto the idea of an apprenticeship, was the on the job training and mentorship that would allow me to gain practical and relevant knowledge in the industry while having years of experience that I simply wouldn’t have got at university.

What are the benefits of your apprenticeship?

I am constantly learning on the job by being involved with a range of projects which enables me to be exposed to all aspects of building services including drawings, calculations and site visits. Being surrounded by knowledgeable and experienced engineering’s is only going to be beneficial, as they go out of their way to ensure that my leaning is continuous, by giving me the exposure that I may not have been given in college or university. I am given the support of everyone in the company and at college, so I can become a successful engineer due to the knowledge obtained at work and academically.

Why building services engineering?

I always knew I wanted to do some form of engineering. It wasn’t until I visited a careers adviser at college, where they went through what aspects of engineering I particularly enjoy and how they link in with my previous school and current grades at the time. They recommended building services engineering and from then I’ve never looked back.

Why TB+A?

From the first moment I came to the office for my first interview, I instantly knew that TB+A was a close knit team that was very warming and made me feel comfortable. TB+A provides all staff with the necessary support while giving you lots of opportunities to progress in your career. One of my favourite things about TB+A is the feeling of being involved in a growing team, everyone knows each other and there is a sense of fun and enjoyment in the office.

What are your future plans?

I plan to complete my final year at college with distinctions throughout and to progress on to the degree with hopefully the highest marks possible I am then able to become a fully qualified engineer. In the long run, my main aim is progress through the company and ultimately become a partner.

 

Chloe Jones
HR Apprentice

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I decided I wanted to do an apprenticeship as I liked the idea of carrying out practical work whilst working towards a qualification. Compared to University this option for me was more suitable and I liked the idea of being able to gain new skills and knowledge in a working environment.

What are the benefits of your apprenticeship?

The benefits of my apprenticeship is that I am able to gain hands on experience in a field that I want to progress in whilst learning and earning. As well as this by choosing the apprenticeship route I am able to progress onto other opportunities and with the support of TB+A, I know that I will be able to grow as an apprentice and reach my full potential.

Why TB+A?

TB+A have been very welcoming and supportive since the day I started. Since joining TB+A I have been able to see how focused and well the team want you to do, whether it be either academically or work related. It has also been great being made to feel like part of the team as a new starter, and seeing how other younger people who were once in the same position as me, go on to become successful apprentices.

What are your future plans?

In the future I would like to complete my course in HR support and then be able to go on and do a higher level qualification (Level 5), gaining as much experience and knowledge as I go along.