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Here at Curtins we believe in the importance of developing and encouraging young talent, which is why we host a range of apprenticeships.

We now have 14 apprentices currently learning and working at Curtins in a variety of schemes, from Technician Apprentices in Transport Planning and Civil & Structural to Administration Apprenticeships.

The apprenticeship schemes offer a mixture of both hands on practical experience as well as learning in a traditional environment. Apprentices will gain a BTEC Level 3 Diploma, and as of September ’17 we will be launching Degree Apprenticeships.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week we spoke to Erin Callaghan- a Technician Apprentice, to gain an insight into a typical day of a Curtins apprentice and how the apprenticeship benefits him.

Erin adds: ‘A day in the life of a Curtins Apprentice varies greatly depending on the task. Typically, I will be working with AutoCAD or Revit, either drafting or 3D modelling designs. One day I could be modelling the foundations of a £30 million project and the next I will be drafting an external works drawing for our civils team regarding a small storage shed.’

Erin notes, ‘doing exams and assignments aren’t a good indicator of the knowledge I have achieved from being in the workplace. Spending time around knowledgeable people in the office has proved invaluable and more beneficial than any course I could have taken.’

In the future Erin hopes to become a fully qualified technician for Curtins and achieve his EngTech. He also wants to continue learning more about specific subjects such as; reinforced concrete and masonry works.

Curtins have a strong history of investing and nurturing young talent. Our current Chief Executive Rob Melling started off as an apprentice before progressing through the company.

Our Founder Bill Curtin believed:

“Youngsters can run this company. All they need is a guiding hand, to be encouraged, enthused, and then to be given their heads.” 

If you’re interested in an Apprenticeship please contact us directly at:



Our vision is to be recognized as a leader in engineering consultancy and an employer of choice.

Our Manchester Office has been established for over 40 years. Our people are proud to be part of the exciting renaissance that Manchester and the wider region has witnessed, particularly over the last 15 years. Over the time we have enjoyed significant growth across all our core specialisms, including our pre-planning services, and played our part in a number of high profile award winning projects




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