We’re delighted to announce that Ebrahim has passed his Level 4 High Speed Rail & Infrastructure apprenticeship qualification with flying colours.
Ebhrahim joined NCATI when the College first opened back in 2017, originally studying on the first year of its High Speed Rail & Infrastructure degree programme. While on this course, he got the opportunity to meet with several employer partners of the College, and one of these conversations led to him progressing onto a Level 4 High Speed Rail & Infrastructure apprenticeship with Arcadis the following year.
Ebrahim chose to go down this route as engineering had always been a passion of his, and he knew that “an apprenticeship would give [him] the opportunity to get straight into working on engineering projects and learning from the best in the industry”.
And what better learning opportunity than working on HS2, rotating across four different teams and getting exposure to systems engineering, ancillary civils, and construction? Ebrahim credits this experience with making him realise where his specific engineering interests lay, and ultimately with landing him a role as a CAD Technician for Arcadis following his apprenticeship.
“For me, doing an apprenticeship was about getting my foot in the door of a major engineering company; as an apprentice, you very quickly get exposure to and noticed by the senior managers and directors you work for. I definitely wouldn’t be in the role I am today without completing an apprenticeship.”
Earning while you learn, however, is not without its challenges: in speaking about the requirement for apprentices to balance 80% of their working week on the job with 20% of their time training, Ebrahim said, “It was stressful at times to manage the two priorities, particularly when COVID-19 hit and I had to do a lot of things remotely. I also struggled with some mental health issues during this period, but my employer and NCATI offered me a lot of support throughout, making adjustments where necessary. The fact that I managed to pass my apprenticeship while facing these challenges is the achievement I’m most proud of.”
And not only did Ebrahim pass his apprenticeship, but he achieved a Merit grade for all of his hard work. Sharing her thoughts on the good news, NCATI’s Apprenticeship Manager Amanda Pearson said, “We couldn’t be prouder of Ebrahim for his fantastic achievement! Studying while working can be tough at the best of times, but we’re so happy that he was able to overcome these challenges, and know he has a bright future in engineering ahead.”
Ebrahim’s achievements are a great example of how people can benefit from apprenticeships and we wish him the best of luck in his new role.