Name: Dafydd Morgan
Year Started (Apprenticeship): 2019
Current Position: Civil Engineering Technician
What did you do before starting the apprenticeship?
I was at University for one year in Newport, where I achieved a Certificate of Higher Education in Primary Teaching.
Why did you apply for the scheme?
I have always had an interest in Engineering, I enjoy discovering how things work and being able to take a hands-on approach when problem solving.
For GCSE and A-Level I took Design and Technology specialising in Product Design. This experience further cemented my interest for Engineering, and whilst studying my A-Levels I looked at Engineering courses in different University’s. From investigating what subjects were required for the courses, I found that I needed Mathematics and Physics at A-levels, which I did not have. Therefore, I decided to pursue a different career path.
After completing my first year of University on a different course, I was still passionate about Engineering. I attended the RCT jobs fair, where I discovered the Civil Engineering Apprenticeship. I decided to apply for the position, and after the interview stages, I was fortunately offered the role.
What development have you had since being with RCT?
I am currently studying my BTEC Level 3 Construction and the Built Environment qualification at Bridgend College. I attend college one day a week whilst working. The course has given me the opportunity to apply new technical knowledge in the work place.
In addition to my college learning, RCT have arranged for me to receive additional on the job training. The first additional training course that I have been on whilst working in RCT was for a software system for the construction industry providing estimating, cost planning, bill preparation and contract administration.
Another training course I have been on is Asbestos Awareness training. The training provided me with an awareness of the hazards of asbestos, what it can look like, the reporting process and what can be done to remove it safely, including when it is best to leave it where it is and not disturb it.
Importantly as an apprentice, I was assigned an experienced Engineer in the workplace who mentored me. This has been an invaluable part of the apprenticeship and gave me inspiration and confidence to pursue a career in the Civil Engineering discipline.
What were the highlights?
I have thoroughly enjoyed working in RCTCBC. My work and college experience has allowed me to develop new skills such as collaborating with colleagues, time management, problem solving and building good working relationships. I have also attended numerous site visits whilst working on different projects, and been able to work alongside experienced Engineers.
Recommendations to Applicants:
RCT are a great employer! The positions that they offer allow you to earn an income whilst studying, gain valuable skills and knowledge, and acquire on the job experience. They offer numerous benefits such as flexible hours, 25 days annual leave and a good pension scheme.
RCT look after their employees, the Employment, Education and Training Team provide excellent support for their apprentices. Everyone will endeavour to help you achieve your goal of a qualification and a career in your chosen sector.