“As a child, I always had an interest in things related to construction such as toys like Lego, games like Minecraft and construction vehicles. ”

What triggered your interest in engineering / environmental consultancy?

As a child, I always had an interest in things related to construction such as toys like Lego, games like Minecraft and construction vehicles. This interest later developed into an appreciation for architecture and construction which led me down the path of pursuing a career in engineering.

What made you want to join Metis?

After coming across Metis when searching for an apprenticeship on indeed I took an interest in the company. I researched the company’s history and after seeing its rapid growth I applied. After having an interview with one of our directors Luke over the phone I knew for sure I wanted to carry out my degree apprenticeship with Metis.

What type of work have you been involved in since joining Metis?

I am a degree apprentice, so I have worked within multiple teams in Metis carrying out jobs such as creating online web maps, acting as a surveyor in road condition surveys, developing an automated planning app approval tool and drawing core sample locations in CAD to name a few. My position as an apprentice gives me a great deal of flexibility to work on a variety of projects to further my knowledge of engineering as I study at university once a week.

What do you enjoy about the work environment at Metis and how does it differ from previous experiences?

I love the atmosphere at Metis, as I’ve had experience working in multiple teams, I’ve gotten to experience multiple different ways that teams within Metis operate, and every team I’ve worked with has amazed me with the wonderful amount of dedication and attention that everyone gives towards both their work and each other, ensuring that we all deliver projects of excellent quality, and we all have fun whilst doing so. I don’t have any other previous experience to compare to as I am relatively fresh in the world of engineering, but I can’t imagine myself working for any other company besides Metis.

What has been your most rewarding project to work on so far?

My work carrying out surveys within both Haringey and Tower Hamlets was incredibly rewarding. It allowed me to gain a great understanding of road defects and how to evaluate the condition of a road as well as letting me get familiar with the layout of two of the major London Boroughs. It was hard work covering the distance, but I had a lot of fun being out and about!

What are your ambitions for professional development?

I aim to finish my degree and become a chartered engineer and hope to potentially oversee the development of other apprentices within Metis in the future as I am the first apprentice to join the company.

What do you like doing outside of work?

My hobbies outside of work include working out at the gym, practising martial arts, gaming, and painting models.

What message would you pass on to students thinking about pursuing a career in engineering / environmental consultancy?

If you want to pursue a career in engineering taking the degree apprentice route is a wonderful option, with the benefits of a full-time job, sponsored education, and five years of experience alongside a degree, I believe it’s the best route forward if you want to become an engineer.

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