Curtis Castledine is an Assistant Mechanical Design Engineer and began his career three years ago with Briggs and Forrester via the company’s apprenticeship programme.
“I’d always enjoyed and been interested in maths, physics and design technology. However apprenticeships were not something that was highlighted to me at school; students were encouraged to go to university. The opportunity to be able to learn a trade whilst earning a living really appealed to me.
A chance meeting with a director at Briggs and Forrester opened up the opportunity to develop my career with an apprenticeship. I thoroughly enjoyed my week’s work experience in the design department and I was delighted to be offered a trainee position shortly afterwards!”
The Briggs & Forrester programme lasts for four years and allows apprentices to experience various departments within the business, ultimately selecting their preferred option. Time is spent in design, quantity surveying, project management, commissioning, procurement and estimating.
“Experiencing these departments gave me a much better understanding of the industry, what building services were, how they worked and how the company operated. I have also completed day release for study of Level 3 ONC and Level 4 HNC. Both of these qualifications have included the submission of projects and portfolios. The experience and knowledge I have gained in my apprenticeship at Briggs and Forrester has been essential in completing these study requirements.
An apprenticeship for me has been invaluable. The teaching and guidance I have received from other engineers has been extremely beneficial in helping me to become the designer I am today. The apprenticeship scheme offered by Briggs and Forrester is very well recognised and my hands-on experience has comfortably prepared me to take my career forward into the future.”
Curtis has recently been nominated for H&V News Apprentice of the Year Award - we wish him well at the ceremony in April!