Energy Coast UTC Alumni | Jordan Baird Details Monday, 27 March 2017 Energy Coast UTC Alumni Fact File Name: Jordan Baird Employer: Morgan Sindall Role: Apprentice Site Engineer Why did you choose engineering as a career? I wanted to begin a challenging career, which stretched me both academically and with practical work experience. I chose engineering because of the opportunities to travel as part of my role, and to work on a variety of projects from building airports to army bases. As Morgan Sindall has projects across the UK, I saw them as an employer that would provide me with the range of opportunities I was looking for. What is your average work day? On an average day at work, I conduct level surveys, set out certain aspects of buildings such as the foundations, drainage works, windows and doors. I also study and interpret drawings and apply them to building sites. I usually work as part of a project team, but I am also trusted to work independently when I need to. How did the Energy Coast UTC help you to secure an Apprenticeship? The Energy Coast UTC helped me to secure an apprenticeship through studying for the relevant engineering qualifications, and they also gave me the opportunity to have a work experience placement with Morgan Sindall. The combination of academic experience alongside real work experience is something which definitely places UTC students at an advantage when trying to apply for apprenticeships. What is the best aspect of your job? I enjoy a number of aspects of my role, however, I think that having the opportunity to work on different projects makes every day interesting and challenging. The level of support that Morgan Sindall provides to their trainees and apprentices is great and a clear structure is in place to support your development. From the start of my career with Morgan Sindall, I have always been made to feel like a valued member of the team. What achievement are you most proud of as an Apprentice? As an apprentice, I am most proud of the fact that I was trusted and given real responsibility from the beginning, this means I am able to contribute to the successful delivery of multi-million-pound projects. What advice would you give to Energy Coast UTC students who want to secure an apprenticeship? My advice to other students is to concentrate on your studies so that you can achieve the highest grades that you are able to. If possible, take advantage of each work experience opportunity as this is what will make you stand out from other students who apply for apprenticeships. As I had work experience placement with Morgan Sindall, I think it put me at an advantage during the application process – because I was aware of the company values and how much emphasis they place on developing their employees.