Steven Langfield – Case Study

Prior to starting my apprenticeship, I had finished high school and gone to college, I completed the first year of college and my results were poor as I wasn’t really that interested and found the style of learning didn’t really suit me. I decided to apply for an apprenticeship, in my search for apprenticeships I came across Stegta.

StevenLangfieldBefore starting my apprenticeship, I had no experience in Civil Engineering or CAD, other than the two weeks work experience that I did in high school.

Stegta got me an interview at Jacobs Engineering for an apprentice CAD Technician role, once I started at Jacobs they put me on a CAD course and set me up with a mentor who gave me on the job training, in most things that I needed to do my job. Within the first month I was working on live projects. I also attended college one day per week to study for an ONC in Civil Engineering and Stegta set me up with a training officer who came to visit me at work on a regular basis to check on my progress at work, my ONC at college and also to set me tasks for and monitor the progress on my NVQ level 3 in Built Environment Design.

During my yearly appraisal at Jacobs my line manager asked what I would like to do after completing my ONC and what my career goals were. I was told that there were various options open to me and that one path that was open to me was to progress on to the HNC in Civil Engineering and then upon successful completion, go on to a degree course.

After completing my HNC, I decided to take a break from studying and think about starting a degree course the following year. During this time I took the opportunity to look what options were open to me with my current qualifications. It had always been a dream of mine to move to Australia, so I decided to see what qualifications and experience were needed for a job over there. After doing quite a bit of research I found that I was suitably qualified with almost enough experience to apply for a few jobs. I applied for a job as a drafter, in Perth Western Australia, the advert said that they required someone with a diploma or equivalent in a related field and five years’ experience. Within a few days of applying for the job, I got a phone call telling me that they would like to do a telephone interview with me. After my telephone interview I waited a couple of weeks and I got a call back telling me that I had got the job on a 4 year visa to work in Australia.

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