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Apprenticeships | Read their stories

Aaron Brown
Electrical Supervisor

I wanted to complete an apprenticeship as getting a qualification for a trade would be a good starting point for my career, plus I knew I would get hands on training at MSPS whist still learning at college.

Before starting this course, I was having discussions with my parents about getting a trade within the industry, as my dad was heavily involved in that field of work and he recommended getting an apprenticeship.

I found the apprentice electrician course on MSPS careers website and applied. After submitting my application I had a quick response from the HR team about organising an interview. My course lasted four years, with three years at college and a final year onsite. What I enjoyed most about the apprenticeship is being able to put the things I learned at college into practice onsite. It gave me a better hands on experience and helped me understand the theoretical content.

I received loads of support from the people around me, especially from the MSPS electricians I was working with. They always pushed me to the best of my ability whilst working in a safe manner. They were very accommodating and kind plus helped me out if I had any questions or become stuck with something I didn’t quite understand.

I believe completing an apprenticeship has many benefits including gaining valuable on-site experience which gave me the knowledge and skills to help me to become the person I am today. With the help of MSPS and the colleagues around me I have been able to progress my career from starting as an apprentice electrician to now becoming a Qualified Electrical Supervisor.

Corrine Brown
Ground worker apprentice

Last January I was offered the opportunity to take part in the BasWorx apprentice programme level 1 in construction. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, it was great learning the basic construction skills and was fantastic to work alongside such a knowledgeable team. After completing the programme, I was offered an apprenticeship in multi-trade construction, I was delighted to be presented with such a brilliant opportunity.

Initially at the beginning I did have a few worries and concerns, but these quickly passed after being reassured by Steve Watson and Paul Schofield, my line managers, who also discussed what the apprenticeship would consist of. I had regular meetings with them to check everything was going well and to monitor my progress.

I feel the guidance I’ve been given by line managers, my team and Charlie, my tutor at college, has been amazing.

Dan Millea
Finance apprentice

I started at MSPS as a Business Administration apprentice nearly four years ago, since then I progressed into Finance which has now led to my current Apprenticeship Advanced Diploma in Accounting (AAT) level 3. I started the Apprenticeship as I thought it would be beneficial to obtain industry experience alongside gaining my qualifications.

I had previously completed the AAT level 2 therefore already had the foundation knowledge of accountancy, so the level 3 was the perfect progression route. My course was great as I could relate the theoretical content I’d learnt in college and put into practise in my job, it gave me a better understanding on why we do certain things.

The course content is good. I’ve passed all my AAT level 3 exams and I’m currently working on my portfolio with the expectation of completing the course by end of February. Level 3 was a big step up from level 2 but was manageable, and I’m looking forward to receiving the qualification.

While I was studying my colleagues and line manager have been very supportive, for example when I was nearing my exams they really helped explain any queries I had from the industry perspective, which was great. My college also made sure I stayed on track and continued to make progress. They also provided revision sessions and extra examination classes in preparation for the exams.

Mark Flint
Site Manager

I decided to complete my upskilling apprenticeship with MSPS, as I wanted to further my knowledge and therefore allow me to progress my career within the company.

Before starting the apprenticeship, I had a meeting with Laura Tew, my line manager, during which we discussed which course would be most beneficial to my development and help my career progression within MSPS. I decided to gain an apprenticeship in “Occupational Work Supervision” with training provider Geason.

The course was interesting, a couple of standout tutors were Dave Glen and Mark Austin they both were very helpful, and I enjoyed the way they delivered the content. Also, I’d like to thank my line mangers Nick Edwards and Laura Tew as they were very supportive during the duration of the course. I’d recommend any one to take up this opportunity!

Muhammad Ali 
Pre-apprentice Planner

I decided to complete an apprenticeship at MSPS as I felt it was the first step to success, and I can happily say it was a great decision and one I do not regret.

Prior to starting the course, I discussed all my options with my line manager and we made the agreement that the Customer Service level 2 course would be the best choice.

While undertaking the course I received a lot help and support from MSPS. But the highlight was being shortlisted in the “Construction” category at the Asian Apprenticeship awards, what a fantastic experience and one I cannot forget!

Since the completion of my apprenticeship my career has really developed, and I have been promoted twice – which is amazing!

Sam Hollamby
Assistant Quantity Surveyor

I found one of the most difficult things to consider, when leaving college, is what’s the best qualification to undertake to meet my aim of becoming a qualified Quantity Surveyor.

My line manager arranged for MSPS’s training provider to meet with me to discuss the potential courses I could enrol on. It was a great meeting, after I liaised with my line manager to decide what most suited me at this stage of my career and the most beneficial course for me to sign up to.

I’m on a two-year apprenticeship studying “Construction Site Supervision”. I started in 2018 and looking to complete in November 2020. The course is invaluable. I’ve developed a much greater insight into understanding the Quantity Surveyor role responsibilities. Plus, I’m becoming much more confident in my Assistant Quantity Surveyor role at MSPS due to this enhanced knowledge. However, the course is very challenging, I must put in the time and effort with my studies – this will enable me to get the best possible qualification at the end.

To help me along the way I’ve been supported by my tutor who has been vital in helping me progress so far. We meet once a month and I get feedback while my work is being graded, we discuss any current work difficulties I may be having and also get set new work to complete. Within MSPS my line manager and commercial team are also very helpful, if I have any queries they are always really encouraging and guide me to the right answer by offering advice.

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