04 Feb 2024
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This week, we're getting involved in National Apprenticeship Week 2024 to promote apprenticeships and our apprentice stories!
What are Apprenticeships?
Apprenticeships give everyone the chance to ‘earn while you learn’. Apprenticeships are open to all sectors, levels and most importantly, all ages. Apprenticeships will develop you with the skills, knowledge, and behaviours that you need for your career.
Visit our Early Careers page to learn more.
Why are we celebrating National Apprenticeship Week?
RED is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week as we believe apprentices bring opportunity and value to the business. We partner with Training Providers, College’s, Universities and Schools to support our potential talent pool and hopefully inspire others to take the Apprenticeship Route!
What type of Apprentice roles do we offer?
- Building Services
- And more…
hear from real red apprentices
As part of National Apprenticeship Week, we’re showcasing some of our newest recruits and sharing their experiences since joining RED.
The most enjoyable part of working at RED is the trust, independence, and being made to feel like part of the team. Matt Wilson, Apprentice Electrical Engineer
Matt Wilson, an Apprentice Electrical Engineer working in our London office, works with the RED team alongside his engineering studies.
Matt said: “I started at RED in August 2023, after taking a gap year from sixth form. University never really appealed to me as I was unsure what I wanted to study, and soon discovered that I enjoyed working and keeping myself busy. This led me to looking at Apprenticeship opportunities and soon became the preferred route!
"I am studying Building Services Engineering Degree Apprenticeship at London Southbank University one day a week, I spend my other 4 days working with an amazing team at RED. Considering I knew nothing about engineering when I started, everyone has helped me out and been patient with me as I learn the ropes. The most enjoyable part of working at RED is the trust and independence I receive, making me feel a true part of the team.
"In 5 years, I aim to have completed my apprenticeship, hopefully moving up in the ranks at RED and putting my newly found skills to the test.”
In my role, I learn something new every day! Working at RED provides new projects, exciting opportunities, and fantastic mentors with very personal approaches. Georgia Pickering, Mechanical Design Apprentice
Georgia Pickering is a Mechanical Design Apprentice at RED and recently started studying a Higher National Certification (HNC) in Building Services.
A popular part of our Newcastle office team for almost three years, Georgia said: "I have been with RED for two and a half years, and for two of those years I was studying for my Level 3 qualification in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.
"To obtain this qualification, I had to complete theoretical and practical training in Electrical Installation, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Aided Design. I was introduced to apprenticeships in sixth form and loved the idea of gaining industry-specific skills as well as an academic qualification. As my strongest core subjects in school were Physics and Mathematics, I started applying for engineering apprenticeships as I knew I wanted to be involved in making a difference in the world in my everyday work.
"Initially, I was interested in Civil Engineering, but an opportunity came up at RED for a Mechanical Design Apprentice role. When I started, I was very overwhelmed with the intelligent people surrounding me, but the team at RED makes everyone feel welcome, no matter how far along in your career you are.
"One of my biggest achievements so far was that within the first year of my apprenticeship, I was shortlisted for the @Generation 4 Change awards. This was for the Technical Apprentice of the Year award, which gave me such a confidence boost at the start of my career!
"Now approaching my third year, I feel I have made great progress with my industry knowledge and have gained specific software knowledge to carry out Hydraulic Analysis of pipework systems. With growing confidence, I can say I really think I make a crucial impact on my project team by having personal areas of responsibility.
"Recently, I also became a STEM ambassador with RED. As soon as I saw the opportunity to give the younger generation an insight into what engineering is and how to get started, I had to go for it.
As a woman in the industry, I did not get introduced to engineering until I was 16. I feel it is really important to educate younger people and push them to do something that they enjoy.
"In 3-5 years, I will have finished my degree and will be a fully qualified Mechanical Design Engineer. I am really keen to learn and plan to focus more on pipework systems in the coming months, and can see myself being a pipework expert of the future!
In my role at RED, I learn something new every day! Working at RED provides new projects, opportunities, and fantastic mentors with very personal approaches. The support from RED throughout has been fantastic.
"Personally, I think anyone can benefit from doing an apprenticeship. It gives you such an insight into what really happens in a global engineering design consultancy. You get to meet very intelligent people and can learn so much from them. The roles prepare you for when you complete your academic studies and jump into the world of work.
"Overall, my work experience has given me a unique opportunity to learn and develop, and the confidence that I will be ready to take on the role of a Mechanical Design Engineer in due course.
I look forward to becoming a fixture in RED’s team of fabulous engineers who have guided me throughout the apprenticeship."
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