Meet an Apprentice

Liam Kirkbright 

Building Services Design Technician Apprentice

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I chose an apprenticeship because I felt that there was more of a structured lifestyle. Since my work and education benefit and feed off each other, making me use my time more productively compared to being in full-time education.

What are the benefits of your apprenticeship?

The benefits of my apprenticeship is that my tuitions fees are being paid for and I get paid for going to study at college, allowing me to focus on trying to learn more within the field of building services engineering and trying to better myself as an engineer.

Why building services engineering?

I chose building services engineering because I believe that I can make a big contribution in making the built environment a more clean, efficient and eco-friendly environment in the fight against climate change.

Why TB+A?

I chose TB+A since it was a business that feels more inclusive and friendlier towards apprentices giving me a better platform for success within the Industry.

What are your future plans?

My future plans is to try learn as much as possible about building services engineering so one day I can help others in my position to expand their knowledge and help them become engineers.

Mariam Shaikh
Business Administration Apprentice

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I chose an apprenticeship because I felt like it was the best way for me to kickstart my career. Towards the end of my A Levels, I decided that I no longer wanted to go to University; I wanted an experience where I was employed in a professional environment whilst learning new things, so I took a gap year to think about where I wanted to be and learnt about the benefits of apprenticeships and how they are a fantastic alternative to University.

What are the benefits of your apprenticeship?

I know that my apprenticeship will help me progress in every way I can possibly think of which is a huge benefit. I earn while I learn, and my apprenticeship has opened so many new doors for me and will help build my confidence as I am learning new things I’ve never known how to do before. I also have the ability to network with a huge range of people from so many different companies and backgrounds, which is amazing as I can grow my own network and continue to learn new things. I definitely see an apprenticeship as a good way to experience something new and challenging, and it also leads to so many exciting opportunities.

Why TB+A?

After researching about TB+A, I felt as if the company was great, especially for someone like myself who was looking for a role in a company that really value apprentices. I felt very welcomed on my first day, and everybody who was around me made me feel very comfortable and were there to support me whenever I needed it.

What are your future plans?

In the future, I can see myself as having grown massively thanks to the company, and I would love to have reached a role which has even more responsibility. I'd like to achieve higher qualifications, including a Masters, to be qualified as a chartered manager.

Joseph Cahoon
Building Services Design Engineer Apprentice

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I chose an apprenticeship because I feel experience is very well valued and completing an apprenticeship gives me technical knowledge of working in industry whilst completing a degree. Instead of going to university alone, I can get great expertise experience of designing building services and a wage for my hard work.

What are the benefits of your apprenticeship?

I enjoy seeing the outcome of my work, and building services does that where I design part of a system and it then gets built onto site. Not only do I take care of the design stage, I get to continuously see the project being made on site and eventually finished. Also using the theoretical knowledge I gain from my degree studies, I get to use this on real projects at TB+A.

Why building services engineering?

When deciding to extend my career choice from my previous NVQ, I wanted to work on larger projects that I could feel satisfied with. Then I found Building Services engineering where it encompasses a range of engineering from electrical, mechanical to public health. This satisfaction of being a specialist in the field of construction engineering really caught my attention.

Why TB+A?

Realising the vast scale of TB+A of its several offices in the UK I could get a good feel that they wanted to invest in young aspiring engineers. They really took my attention at their portfolio of the projects they have undertaken throughout the years.

What are your future plans?

To gain top grades in my degree whilst also really pushing my apprenticeship to gain the most amount of experience as I can to eventually being able to take a lead on projects. It is great to see that there is room to grow and develop within TB+A and I look forward to gain valuable experience for the years to come.