Meet the Apprentices...

Forhad Ahmed Faruque 

Age 19 
Company Mott MacDonald
Apprenticeship Programme
Civil Advanced Technician Apprenticeship

What do you enjoy most about your work? 
I enjoy working in a team were we solve problems together collaboratively, everyone has a part where they specialize in and together we come up with solutions for the client needs. 

What project(s) are you working on at the moment?  
At the moment I am currently working on the Northern Line Extension doing a lot of work on Nine Elms station. 

What does a typical day at work involve? 
Speaking to various different engineers discussing problems trying to solve problems having meetings on new project or team meetings and doing CAD to illustrate solutions to clients formally.
What do you see as the biggest challenges in your job? 
Learning all the engineering concepts that engineers already know about through attending university. It can be difficult to work in an environment where everyone knows more then you. 

What made you choose to do an Advanced Technician Apprenticeship?
The fact that I could earn and learn at the same time and get my foot into the industry at a young age and build myself up. 

What are the benefits? 
You experience what it’s like to be in the industry you gain real experience while doing real work on project that most people will not gain from going university. There is a lot of support to strengthen your skills and there’s always development available to push yourself.

What are your future plans? 
I want to use this apprenticeship and all the opportunity that’s available to me to go up to IENG and become one of the few apprentices that become an incorporated engineer while still working for my employer. 

What do you enjoy doing outside work? 
I enjoy sports getting involved as well as spectating, mostly football and boxing. I am a huge fan of problem solving in all the various forms that it can come in and have a huge interest in maths and physics I read around it and study it for fun even in my own time.  
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