NI Apprenticeship Week 26th – 30th April 2021

Michael Nugent are delighted to be supporting NI Apprenticeship Week 

This year is the second annual NI Apprenticeship Week which is led by the Department for the Economy. The aim of this campaign is to raise the profile of apprenticeships across NI showcasing the variety of apprenticeships available.

Michael Nugent are proud to be able to facilitate apprentices and find it extremely rewarding as a company as we believe apprentices are the future. Many of the apprentices at Michael Nugent have been offered full time employment after successfully completing their courses. Some of our employees begun as apprentices and have been with us now for 10 years plus which is extremely rewarding.

We asked Building Information Modelling student Tony a few questions about his apprenticeship;

Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week BIM

What course are you currently studying?

I am studying Level 5 Building Services and Renewable Energy which is a 2-year apprenticeship. I had previously studied Level 3 Construction in the Built Environment before. 

How many days do you study and work?

I study 1 day a week at the South West College in Dungannon and work 4 days a week in the Pomeroy office.

What made you choose your current course?

I chose my course because I am interested in the design of buildings and how all services need to be designed to fit accurately and efficiently in order to work. I considered the architecture route although after researching realised the services are as important as the structure itself and I find BIM very interesting.

What made you choose MNL for your apprenticeship?

MNL have a great reputation, when I applied for the position and got an interview I was delighted. The interview was very welcoming and I knew I would fit in within the company. Fast forward 7 months and I thoroughly enjoy the role and think I am progressing very well.

Tell us a bit about your typical duties in a day?

I receive the mark-up drawings from the mechanical and electrical contractors and fix them by changing the amendments they are looking made. I create 3D elements and work on 3D drawings. An example of a current project which I am working on is for Queens University, the project itself is a large scope BIM building which is very interesting. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

I can see myself progressing with Michael Nugent and hope to be working on my own projects within 5 years. I really enjoy my job and hope in the future to be a Contracts Manager.

What advice would you give someone considering an apprenticeship?

My advice to those considering an apprenticeship is ‘go for it!’. You can study and learn on the job gaining a wide range of industry knowledge.

Digital Construction Team Lead Camila said, “we believe having apprenticeships join the team is a great opportunity for the younger generation to further their education alongside gaining knowledge and skills with ourselves in the Building Information Modelling team. Tony has become an extremely valuable member of the team. It is a great opportunity for both Tony and ourselves to help pursue his future career aspirations”.

Michael Nugent are currently seeking apprentices for:
◦ NVQ Electrotechnical (Electrical Installation) Level 3
◦ NVQ Plumbing and Heating Level 2/3

For more information on joining the MNL Team as an apprentice please get in touch at HR@michaelnugent.co.uk or 028 8775 8617. 

We look forward to hearing from you!