One-on-One Apprentice Series – Caitlin Stuart from TroupByWaters+Anders

One-on-One Apprentice Series – Caitlin Stuart from TroupByWaters+Anders
Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
I was initially drawn to a career in engineering after studying engineering and product design for my A levels. I was encouraged to look into building services engineering as it involves a lot of design work which really appealed to my creative side as well as my strengths in STEM subjects. I knew I wanted a career in engineering but going to university wasn’t for me, I wanted to get qualified but also gain experience in the field which is why I looked at apprenticeship opportunities. 

Describe your typical day at Troup Bywaters +Anders?
I work within a design team that focuses predominately on projects in the commercial/financial sector. My role means I am able to get involved with all aspects of the projects, from initial design, client meetings, calculations and going onto building sites to see the finished design.
I work within the electrical team so I get involved with most aspects of the project electrically and have a input into final designs ranging from lighting to power. 

What are your two favourite infrastructure or building projects?
I work within the commercial design team in London that predominately focus on projects within the financial sector. Coutts RBS Bank and Credit Suisse are two projects I have been involved with and it’s great to see these buildings brought to life on site having been involved in the design so I would see these are my two favourite buildings.  

What are your two favourite highlights from your apprenticeship?

The biggest highlight for me is winning ‘Apprentice of the year’ at this year’s WISE awards. It’s really special to be recognised for all the hard work and effort I’ve put in to encourage more females into engineering apprenticeships over the 2.5 years I’ve been with TB+A.
The second is finishing College with good grades and being accepted onto a part time degree course a year early.

What is the most rewarding part of your apprenticeship?
For me it’s been the fact that when I started I was the only female apprentice at TB+A and after 2 years of trying to encourage girls to get involved in STEM subjects with the help of my employer the number of girls applying and now being apart of the apprenticeship scheme has risen considerably. 

What advice would you give potential apprentices?
Ask as many questions as possible and don’t be afraid of getting involved in different activities within the business and externally.  I was luckily enough to be invited to the Investors in People awards in 2015 along with colleagues across the business where TB+A were a finalist. It was a great opportunity to represent the business and celebrate which made me feel really valued and proud.  

What are your plans after your apprenticeship? 
My apprenticeship with TB+A is a permanent role, comprising seven to nine years of structured training to get my academic development to BEng, MEng/MCIBSE CEng level. I completed the first academic stage of my apprenticeship in 2015 and am now in my first year studying for my BEng in Building Services Engineering at London Southbank University. Alongside my academic progression I see myself developing a long career with TB+A managing my own projects in the future, mentoring apprentices and sharing experiences.