Arup’s new class of 2021 aiming to engineer exciting careers

Arup’s new class of 2021 aiming to engineer exciting careers

Arup has welcomed a fresh intake of apprentices and newly qualified graduates to support its Nottingham team’s work on a wide range of major projects.

The sought-after roles underline the company’s commitment to the city and its continued growth in the region, as well as providing a huge boost for its successful apprenticeship scheme.

Two recently recruited apprentice technicians and two new university graduates are now part of the 100-plus strong city team.

Four further Nottingham-based apprentices have also recently completed their part-time degrees with the company.

John Read, Nottingham office leader at Arup, said: “We are delighted that they are with us and look forward to seeing their careers develop as they take advantage of the enormous opportunities that working for Arup can provide.

“It’s hugely important to be able to attract and train the next generation of engineers and technicians. We’re very proud that our role in recruiting local apprentices continues to pay dividends.”

Arup’s world-class designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists work across all aspects of the built environment.

The Nottingham office has been involved in many projects which have helped shape the city and beyond in the last 30 years, including the Old Market Square redevelopment, the University of Nottingham Jubilee Campus and the expansion of East Midlands Airport. The team has also delivered the new Sandwell Aquatics Centre in Smethwick and is working on many local healthcare, education and manufacturing sector projects.

The firm has a formal apprenticeship route, which starts with two years of combining work, off the job training & learning and a day a week during term time at college to gain a level 3 advanced apprenticeship qualification. A further five years on a level 6 degree apprenticeship including a day a week at a university leads to a full bachelor’s degree.

“When they’re not training they are actively working on projects, using the software for building modelling,” explained John. “Apprenticeships have become a very appealing route for school leavers because, although it might take longer while they complete them through spending part of their time at college and university, they are receiving a full salary for doing a job while gaining an advanced apprenticeship and then for those who continue to higher level study, a degree.”

New apprentice technicians Alice Lamb and David Simpson have joined the buildings mechanical and electrical (M&E) engineering team.

The apprentices who have completed their part-time degrees this year include Gemma Broughton, Luke Webster and Ross Bramley.

A fourth apprentice, Sean Chapman, has trained to be an M&E engineer,. Meanwhile, two new graduates have also been recruited recently. Paddy Appelqvist joins Arup’s rapidly expanding railway engineering team in Nottingham and Holly Townsend, also 23, who got a first-class degree in architectural engineering at the University of Leeds.

Arup, which has its headquarters in London, employs 6,000 people across 17 UK offices, and thousands more worldwide. It took on 14 apprentices and 21 graduates between its offices in Nottingham and Birmingham this autumn, and 245 graduates and 74 apprentices in total across the UK.

The Nottingham office recently saw colleagues Vicky Evans and Steve Fernandez promoted to directors of the global firm.


Arup’s new class of 2021 aiming to engineer exciting careers