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Reece Morrison

Reece accepting an award from Jonathan Ross
Reece accepts the 'Apprentice of the Year' award from Jonathan Ross
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Reece accepts the 'Apprentice of the Year' award from Jonathan Ross Reece won this award at the 2014 TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards held in London.

Reece's first day at Mott MacDonald
Reece's first day at Mott MacDonald
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Reece's first day at Mott MacDonald Reece about to start in the Newcastle, UK, office as an apprentice

Why did you choose to do your apprenticeship with Mott MacDonald?

After successfully passing all my GCSE’s I had a clear mind set of starting a career within engineering and design. Through many helpful sessions with Newcastle College, and background research, I had made a choice to apply for a three year apprenticeship with Mott MacDonald alongside a two year college course studying a Level 3 BTEC in ‘Construction and the Built Environment’. From this, I learnt that Mott MacDonald are a worldwide recognised engineering and design consultancy who are involved in delivering major projects around the world across a number of sectors including buildings, water and power. These sectors allow us to take full advantage by shifting resources and business focus to meet the current and future industry needs. Not only will this benefit the client, but it provides bigger and better opportunities for all employees within the Mott MacDonald group. After grasping the position as a building services apprentice, I began to learn more about the company’s strengths, such as their diversity and reputation. Mott MacDonald have been placed in the ‘top 25 best big companies to work for’ six years running which I feel proud to be a part of.

What is the best thing about your apprenticeship?

One of the best factors of my apprenticeship is the opportunity to learn about so many different engineering topics from leading industry experts. These can be reached across our Mott MacDonald internal employee profile system, instant messaging, online discussion forums and email system spanning across Mott MacDonald’s global network. This helps to make all the knowledge and experience readily accessible which I believe is extremely important. Throughout my role as a building services engineering apprentice, I thrive on the feeling of providing a quality service to others and I’m pleased that this has been recognised; recently collecting the 'National Apprentice of the Year' award at the TARGETjobs 'National Graduate Recruitment Awards' held in March 2014. This will be beneficial to my apprenticeship as any guidance, training and recognition will be advantageous to gain as much experience as possible to form a solid foundation on which to build on.

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

During my time at Mott MacDonald, I have noticed our drive to exceed our customers’ expectation through encouraging teamwork and promoting a safety culture to deliver a project to the best of our ability. Respect also plays a huge role in delivering a project, we treat everyone equally and respect the communities in which we work to provide excellence through all aspects of our day to day routine. As a company, Mott MacDonald focuses on professional development, encouraging staff to become chartered, attend external training and working overseas. Achieving sustainability is another factor in which Mott MacDonald aims to achieve. Every year, offices within Europe and Africa host a sustainability week, raising money for the Woodland Trust. In the Newcastle office alone, we raised a significant amount over the five day period. Relating to charities, Mott MacDonald is also largely involved in charity work; becoming regularly involved in Red Nose Day, RedR, Children in Need and Macmillan Cancer Support raising thousands of pounds.

What project are you currently working on?

Mosaic Stadium, Regina.

I am currently involved in designing the ductwork and pipework for a new 33,000 seat stadium in Regina, Canada. This is valued at $278 million and will replace the city’s existing Mosaic Stadium, which is the home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club, a Canadian Football League team. My involvement is the interpretation and coordination of all MEP systems throughout the stadium from the engineers' sketches using Revit MEP to create an intelligent BIM model that was collaboratively shared with other project stakeholders for coordination and construction. As I develop my understanding of the industry I become increasingly involved in areas such as building information modelling (BIM) and have had the opportunity to contribute to the MEP design on flagship projects such as Science Central, a 24 acre development in the centre of Newcastle. I hope to become involved in more BIM projects as my career proceeds.

Have you been involved in any charities or done any volunteer work, please explain your involvement?

Within my three years here at Mott MacDonald, I have been involved in a few sustainability weeks, all of which I have raised money for the 'Woodland Trust' through purchasing cakes, buying/selling CD’s and attending regular meetings focusing on how to become more sustainable throughout a project lifecycle by raising awareness of sustainability tools such as Mott MacDonald’s own carbon calculator tool. Donations have also occurred during RedR and Red Nose Day where all staff in the Newcastle office had to wear red at a price of £1. Each year towards the end of June, a bunch of colleagues from the Newcastle office take part in the 'Chronicle’s Sunshine Run' which involves a 5km run around the Newcastle Quayside. After participating for three years, I was chosen to captain the run and to help raise as much money as possible for disabled children in the North East. All money raised is distributed to provide them with specialist equipment and make a difference to their lifestyle. In 2014, through many donations and the help of a cake sale, we managed to raise a staggering £814!

What is an interesting/random fact about yourself?

I can solve the Rubik’s cube in under a minute.

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