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Samuel Dunderdale

"I have been allowed to develop and achieve set targets moving me closer to becoming a civil engineer."

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

I chose to do my apprenticeship with Mott MacDonald after seeing some of the projects they have been involved in, I wanted the chance to play a part in that. Mott MacDonald has offered me a chance to be able to learn in a part time college course, whilst also being able to learn on the job and apply my knowledge to real life situations.

What is the best thing about your apprenticeship?

The best thing about my apprenticeship is being able to develop knowledge from people within the industry and become involved within projects straight away. When people think of apprenticeships they think of making cups of tea, scanning etc. However at Mott MacDonald I have been allowed to develop and achieve set targets moving me closer to becoming a civil engineer, whether that is improving my design skills on programmes such as AutoCAD and ArcGIS, to writing sections of reports to be presented to clients.

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

Mott MacDonald has a very structured and professional culture but manages to maintain a calm and pleasant working environment. As staff I am well looked after and if any problems arise they are taken care of immediately.

What project are you currently working on?

I am currently working with the LRT team in Leeds on Leeds’ New generation transport scheme, introducing a new trolley bus system into and around Leeds city centre. I have become involved with various stages of the scheme from spot checking surveys to design based tasks. I have also been switching on and off various other projects to develop my knowledge in other forms of work.

What do you enjoy doing while away from the office?

In my spare time I enjoy keeping active, I visit the gym 4 to 5 times a week, cycle regularly including commuting to work as well as playing a few rounds of golf too. When I’m not keeping active I spend my time restoring my 1986 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 as vehicles have always been a passion of mine, earning whilst I learn helps me to maintain these hobbies which is always an added benefit.

If you were to live anywhere, where would it be?

If I had to live anywhere in the world it would have to be where I currently am, Leeds. I could only travel and visit other places around the world but I think I could only ever call Leeds home.

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