National Apprenticeship Week - Curtis Castledine, Intermediate Mechanical Design Engineer | Combined Energy Solutions

National Apprenticeship Week - Curtis Castledine, Intermediate Mechanical Design Engineer

Curtis Castledine, Intermediate Design Engineer, began his career in Construction four years ago through the Briggs & Forrester Technical Apprenticeship programme, and qualified at the end of 2017.

Curtis said, “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 technical apprenticeship 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. The experience and knowledge I gained in my apprenticeship at Briggs and Forrester has been essential in completing my studies.”