Why did you choose groundworks as a career?
I’ve always enjoyed being outdoors and the hard graft. I like going home knowing that I’ve done a good day’s work to earn my money. I also like the variety of work that the job offers.
How do you find the college aspect of your apprenticeship?
I was going to college one day a week at ARC Academy’s training centre in Treforest, but now I go once a month as we have finished the majority of the theoretical work. I learn a lot more on the job when I’m out on site but going to college gives me the knowledge that underpins the work I do on site, so it makes more sense to me when Craig shows me how to do something new.
How did you find out about the groundworks apprenticeship opportunity?
I found out about the groundworks apprenticeship via Indeed. I was actively looking at the time for a groundworks apprenticeship, as I thought it would be an exciting career path to go down.
What has it been like working with Horizon Civil Engineering Ltd?
Working with Horizon Civil Engineering is good. I try to take everything in and learn as much as possible from them – they really do look after me. Since I began, we’ve worked on lots of different projects, from children’s playgrounds to pathways to putting up fences – it’s a real mix!
What has been your favourite part about your apprenticeship?
The best bit about my apprenticeship is the people I work with. We have a laugh on site, I’ve made some good friends and it’s great to be able to come to work and work alongside your mates – it makes the tough days a lot easier! Once I’ve completed my apprenticeship, I would love to be able to stay with Horizon Civil Engineering, continuing to learn and building more experience.
What would you say to anybody thinking about doing an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are not for those who are lazy, but if you’re hardworking, willing to learn, enthusiastic and willing to put in the hard graft then go for it. If you’re with the right companies, like Y Prentis and Horizon Civil Engineering, you will get a lot of support so there’s no reason why you can’t succeed.
“At Horizon Civil Engineering, we are passionate about raising the profile of the civil engineering industry and actively promote work experience opportunities. We are proud to be working in collaboration with Y Prentis and to have Ethan Wilde as one of our two apprentices currently working on our team.” Horizon Civil Engineering Ltd