Momentum is growing in the relationship between Superstructures and One Sixth Form College, with the local structural engineering business taking on another two of its students.

James Williams and Charlie Dando have been appointed as Degree Apprentices after completing their BTEC in Engineering at One, and they join Lee Allendar who started at Superstructures in 2020,  and David Williams who started last October.

The appointments follow on from the news that Liam Swann, who joined the business in 2019 from One, and is in his final year of his apprenticeship, has been promoted to Senior Apprentice. He is now responsible for overseeing specific areas of development for all new apprentices in the team.

All the apprentice structural engineers work alongside the team at Superstructures, helping to provide structural engineering and design services throughout East Anglia. And as part of their apprenticeship, they all study for their degrees part-time at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.

Charlie Dando is settling into an office environment and is very happy to be working at Superstructures. He said:

“I became interested in structural engineering in my first year at One, and I found that it was one of the units I excelled in.  My teachers picked up on this and suggested that I apply to Superstructures. When I realised they were looking for new apprentices, I felt like Christmas had come early and I knew that I had to apply. 

“The main thing I love about the job is that every project is different. It never feels repetitive and feels like a new opportunity to learn with every project which you take on. This for me makes the job very enjoyable and allows it to never get boring.”

James Williams agreed with Charlie and added.

My first experience of structural engineering was the same as Charlie, but then I met some of the Superstructures team at a careers event, and I quickly became interested in starting my career with them.”

Liam Swann is delighted with his promotion and said:

“The fact that the course is four years long means that you learn a lot of skills on the job, Now it feels like I have  more recognition, and it has given me that little bit more confidence when I am dealing with colleagues and clients.”

James Potter, Managing Director of Superstructures commented.

“Our relationship with One has enabled us to gain access to a pipeline of young talented individuals, who are interested in a career in structural engineering. Our apprentices are some of the best people in our team with huge potential for the future. Employing well-rounded young people in the business, who we can develop alongside their education is, absolutely, the way forward and enables us to keep growing as a company.”

A spokesperson from One, said: “We are delighted to be forging such a solid bond with a great local employer (Superstructures) who are keen to work with us to find and develop the next generation of structural engineers.”

Image left to right – David Williams. Charlie Dando, James Williams, Liam Swann, and Lee Allender. Photo credit Superstructures

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