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From aspiration to reality: Meet a WSP engineering apprentice

From aspiration to reality: Meet a WSP engineering apprentice

 April 25, 2023

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Meet Seekay, an Engineering Apprentice at WSP. 

Seekay used the Waltham Forest Steps Into Work programme to find her apprenticeship and get expert guidance on applying for it.

Steps Into Work connects Waltham Forest jobseekers with employers across the borough every day, securing roles at a variety of experience levels. It also gives CV, application and interview support. 

"It gave me a platform to transform my aspirations into reality," attests Seekay. 

An interest in mathematics and physics

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"I’m currently studying MSc Civil Engineering part-time at London South Bank University, alongside working on-site with the NEC supervision team for North London Heat and Power Project," shares Seekay.

"Since I started, I’ve been developing my knowledge through construction site experience, as well as working in a variety of roles from civil to architectural and MEP engineering, getting the right skills to become an ICE Chartered Engineer in a few years’ time."

From a very young age, Seekay realised her interests lay in mathematics and physics. "I always enjoyed detailed-oriented construction activities such as LEGO, assembling IKEA furniture, handcrafting modular origami and recently, the entire renovation of my house. All of these experiences sparked a huge sense of accomplishment; seeing what was once a design concept become reality makes it really worthwhile," she said. 

Being creative and finding solutions 

Seekay enjoys interpreting, analyzing data and problem-solving, so working in the engineering industry is allowing her to do what she enjoys: being creative and finding solutions.

She explains: "This has been a great first step to pursue my desired career as I found it beneficial to be working, studying, and training on the job. I am grateful to be on the NLHPP and being able to develop key learning skills, not just through studying, but also through practical experiences."

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