Building Services Design Technician Apprentice
Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
I feel there is a lot of pressure for young people to go to university once they have finished their years at school and everyone follows the crowd, University is made out to be something that is mandatory and not enough opportunities are explored so I wanted to be different and not follow the crowd. When doing an apprenticeship you also work while you learn, meaning you are gaining experience as you learn and in my opinion it is better to have a good balance between experience and knowledge. I would highly recommend going into a workplace/apprenticeship as early as possible.
What are the benefits of your apprenticeship?
One of the main benefits of my apprenticeship is that you get paid to learn as well as work. There a many unthinkable opportunities that are available within an apprenticeship. During my first month at TB+A I travelled down to London for a day, every day is different and you never know what to expect and that is what makes it more interesting, some days I could be in the office and other days I could be travelling places I had never been before to do site surveys. I am given responsibility which helps me gain a lot more confidence within myself, responsibilities such as working on live projects and going on site, attending meetings and more.
Why building services engineering?
Buildings are a necessity in life and being a services design engineer means we bring that building to life, electrically and mechanically, we give that building the energy, the heat, the power, light and more, I chose building services engineering because I know it serves an important purpose to the world, I am gaining experience and knowledge but also giving back to the world in a sense. I always knew I wanted to be an engineer but I just was never sure what specific role intrigued me the most but what I now do for a living is all around me and I was always watching it being amazed by all the wide varieties of designs every day, what I wanted to do was always right in front of me.
When digging deep into companies that covered this area of engineering, Troup Bywaters + Anders seemed to be quite a hit on social media – especially for young people like myself looking for apprenticeships. After doing some research and learning more about the company, this was easy to access as they have a well structured website containing a lot of information like the history of the company. Even when I came for my first interview with the company any questions I had were answered, I felt at home already as I was welcomed warmly.
What are your future plans?
One of the many amazing benefits about TB+A is that you don’t stop growing within the company. With all the opportunities in place you can go extremely far and that is what I am going to do, keep growing within the company until I can’t go any further and hopefully one day I’ll become an associate or a partner for TB+A.