Emily Colgan

February 24, 2017

Emily ColganWhilst studying business, accounting and geography at Bolton Sixth Form College, I applied to various universities to study accounting and finance, as well as for apprenticeships in accountancy, however I knew that this was not what I wanted to be doing. I had an interest in construction, namely construction management and financing – which is why the Manchester Life apprenticeship scheme caught my eye and I eagerly applied.

I began the Manchester Life Construction Management Apprenticeship in August 2016, under the employment of Manchester City Council. My current placement is with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, an award winning architectural practice.

During my placement I have been taught a great deal about architecture and introduced and guided through the use of various programmes such as SketchUp and InDesign. I have had the privilege to support works on the inspiring Murrays’ Mills project, as well as the exciting opportunity to design my own project – a building located in the Northern Quarter.

The courses I am working to complete are the level 4 HNC in Construction and the Built Environment and the level 4 NVQ in Construction and Building Services Management and Supervision.  I spend one day at a week at the Manchester College and four days a week on placement in the workplace; spending 4 months at each placement over 2 years. By moving through my placements, I am hoping to further my insight into the built environment in order to complete the qualifications, whilst also gathering valuable experience in the fast-paced and ever-growing construction sector.

So far this amazing opportunity has allowed me to grow – both in confidence and in knowledge. The Manchester Life apprenticeship scheme is exceptional in assisting apprentices to gain the relevant skills they need to become young construction professionals in an area where opportunities are vastly growing, and I am proud to be a part of it.

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