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Sean Fallen

Friday 10th of March 2017

Hi, my name is Sean Fallen and I’m an Apprentice Estimator with Scottish Water, where I’ve worked for the last 7 months.

I applied for the Modern Apprenticeship Programme on the careers pages on the Scottish Water website. The next stage, involved being invited to complete an online interview where I had to record myself answering questions specific to the job vacancy.

A couple of weeks later I was informed that I had gotten through to the final stage of recruitment and I was to attend both a formal interview and an assessment day.

At the assessment day I had to complete some general tests and two different team coordination exercises. I was then called directly from the People Connect team at Scottish Water in order to tell me I had been offered the position.

Every day definitely has the possibility to be different as a Modern Apprentice. My working week is structured in a way that I go to college every Monday and then work in an office based environment the rest of the week.

For the first 7 months of my apprenticeship, whilst I’m in the office, I will receive EES (Engineering Estimating System) training twice a week, every week with a group of new starts and graduates.

Through this training we are given practice projects to work on which have gradually gotten more difficult and complex. As time has gone on I have been given several varied tasks that have widened my knowledge of how Cost Intelligence actually functions as a collective. With some more training, I hope to be working on live projects in the near future.

I really love the investigation aspect of Estimating. I enjoy trying to understand how much to allow when site specifics are involved and questioning it when you think it’s either too low or high.

The one bit of advice I’d give is listen to absolutely everything that anyone tells you, as every piece of information is important whether it’s obvious or not. Also you can never ask enough questions!