Apprentices opportunity

We work closely with local colleges to support our people through their apprenticeship, providing day release so they can study.

Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction

Civil Engineering for Technicians

Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction

Civil Engineering for Technicians

Once complete, our apprentices can progress to a Technician role, gaining experience of a wider range of projects and customers.

Many of our apprentices also choose to further progress their qualifications by studying an HNC/HND, or by working towards a degree level
qualification, with our support.

Find out more about our apprenticeships, by hearing from some of our rising stars:

Apprentice
From Ben

Ben Tong

Apprentice

Describe your career so far:

I started at Chelmsford college studying engineering – a course in which we carried out many different units covering all aspects of the engineering industry. One of these units was CAD and this was where I discovered that I really enjoyed design work.

After this I decided that I wanted to find an apprenticeship doing design work and made the college aware of this. Ardent then contacted the College and they thought I would be a good fit for the position.

After starting with the company, they found a Transport planning course at Leeds College of Building that seemed to be a good fit for the team I was in and the work I would be doing. I have now completed the college / block release segment of this course and just need to complete a final project to pass the course. This course covered a wide spectrum of transport planning allowing me to gather a much wider knowledge base than I otherwise would have just working.

What makes my job interesting?

The main thing that makes my job interesting is the variety of work that I get to help with. Even though I am in the transport planning team I get to do with within many disciplines such as : Drainage , Noise , Air Quality , levels and Infrastructure. I really enjoy this variety as I am always learning and no two days are the same.

Who or what has helped shape my career?

Many people have helped me shape my career. Within my office Dan Valance is my mentor for CAD and has taught me a wide range of skills I wouldn’t otherwise have known such as layout reviews and tracking. Ian Wharton has taught me all about the standards we design to , when they need to be applied and how the planning process works

Any top tips or advice you would like to pass on?

The main thing I would say is that all experience is good experience and to ask Questions to the right people as that’s how you learn

Apprentice Civil Engineering Technician
From Uche

Uche Nebuwa

Apprentice

Describe your career so far:

I started at Chelmsford college studying engineering – a course in which we carried out many different units covering all aspects of the engineering industry. One of these units was CAD and this was where I discovered that I really enjoyed design work.

After this I decided that I wanted to find an apprenticeship doing design work and made the college aware of this. Ardent then contacted the College and they thought I would be a good fit for the position.

After starting with the company, they found a Transport planning course at Leeds College of Building that seemed to be a good fit for the team I was in and the work I would be doing. I have now completed the college / block release segment of this course and just need to complete a final project to pass the course. This course covered a wide spectrum of transport planning allowing me to gather a much wider knowledge base than I otherwise would have just working.

What makes my job interesting?

The main thing that makes my job interesting is the variety of work that I get to help with. Even though I am in the transport planning team I get to do with within many disciplines such as : Drainage , Noise , Air Quality , levels and Infrastructure. I really enjoy this variety as I am always learning and no two days are the same.

Who or what has helped shape my career?

Many people have helped me shape my career. Within my office Dan Valance is my mentor for CAD and has taught me a wide range of skills I wouldn’t otherwise have known such as layout reviews and tracking. Ian Wharton has taught me all about the standards we design to , when they need to be applied and how the planning process works

Any top tips or advice you would like to pass on?

The main thing I would say is that all experience is good experience and to ask Questions to the right people as that’s how you learn

Apprentice Civil Engineering Technician
From Chloe

Chloe Inglis

Apprentice Civil Engineering Technician

Describe your career so far:

I started my apprenticeship with Ardent when I was 16 studying Civil Engineering.

I have completed the BTEC L3 in civil engineering and currently studying for my HNC, once completed I will be moving on to study for my degree.

Whilst working for Ardent, I have been taught a lot more than I would have learnt in a classroom only, it is all hands on experience which is more interesting and satisfying as you get to see the end results.

I have learnt how to create various drawings using CAD and have developed skills in Civils 3D.

What makes my job interesting?

Every project is different and every drawing has something new on it, I also work for different teams so also learn different teams dynamic, no matter what I’m working on or with there’s always something new I can learn!

Who or what has helped shape my career?

My mentors at Ardent have really helped shape my career and my progress, they are always on hand if I need support but also let me try and figure things out for myself.

My family has helped shaped my career, I wouldn’t be where I am now without their support and guidance!

Working hard throughout school and getting the grades I needed in my GCSEs has definitely helped shaped my career and allowed doors to open.

Any top tips or advice you would like to pass on?

The advice that has always helped me is to try your best and don’t be scared to ask for help. The more questions you ask, no matter how silly you think they are, the more you will learn.

The best tip I can give is write everything down, you may not think you’ll need it at the time but you definitely will!

Graduates and Entry Level positions

As an employee-owned company, we also pride ourselves on nurturing raw talent keen to join our industry. We offer a range of support
and training to help people to achieve their career aspirations, whether they join us with a degree or in an entry level position.

We’ve helped many of our team to study for a degree or other qualification to enhance their career prospects. And we’re delighted that so many
have been promoted and chosen to stay with us for the long-term to progress their careers.

Find out more about the career paths that some of our people have taken below:

Apprentice
From Ben

Ben Tong

Apprentice

Describe your career so far:

I started at Chelmsford college studying engineering – a course in which we carried out many different units covering all aspects of the engineering industry. One of these units was CAD and this was where I discovered that I really enjoyed design work.

After this I decided that I wanted to find an apprenticeship doing design work and made the college aware of this. Ardent then contacted the College and they thought I would be a good fit for the position.

After starting with the company, they found a Transport planning course at Leeds College of Building that seemed to be a good fit for the team I was in and the work I would be doing. I have now completed the college / block release segment of this course and just need to complete a final project to pass the course. This course covered a wide spectrum of transport planning allowing me to gather a much wider knowledge base than I otherwise would have just working.

What makes my job interesting?

The main thing that makes my job interesting is the variety of work that I get to help with. Even though I am in the transport planning team I get to do with within many disciplines such as : Drainage , Noise , Air Quality , levels and Infrastructure. I really enjoy this variety as I am always learning and no two days are the same.

Who or what has helped shape my career?

Many people have helped me shape my career. Within my office Dan Valance is my mentor for CAD and has taught me a wide range of skills I wouldn’t otherwise have known such as layout reviews and tracking. Ian Wharton has taught me all about the standards we design to , when they need to be applied and how the planning process works

Any top tips or advice you would like to pass on?

The main thing I would say is that all experience is good experience and to ask Questions to the right people as that’s how you learn

Apprentice Civil Engineering Technician
From Uche

Uche Nebuwa

Apprentice

Describe your career so far:

I started at Chelmsford college studying engineering – a course in which we carried out many different units covering all aspects of the engineering industry. One of these units was CAD and this was where I discovered that I really enjoyed design work.

After this I decided that I wanted to find an apprenticeship doing design work and made the college aware of this. Ardent then contacted the College and they thought I would be a good fit for the position.

After starting with the company, they found a Transport planning course at Leeds College of Building that seemed to be a good fit for the team I was in and the work I would be doing. I have now completed the college / block release segment of this course and just need to complete a final project to pass the course. This course covered a wide spectrum of transport planning allowing me to gather a much wider knowledge base than I otherwise would have just working.

What makes my job interesting?

The main thing that makes my job interesting is the variety of work that I get to help with. Even though I am in the transport planning team I get to do with within many disciplines such as : Drainage , Noise , Air Quality , levels and Infrastructure. I really enjoy this variety as I am always learning and no two days are the same.

Who or what has helped shape my career?

Many people have helped me shape my career. Within my office Dan Valance is my mentor for CAD and has taught me a wide range of skills I wouldn’t otherwise have known such as layout reviews and tracking. Ian Wharton has taught me all about the standards we design to , when they need to be applied and how the planning process works

Any top tips or advice you would like to pass on?

The main thing I would say is that all experience is good experience and to ask Questions to the right people as that’s how you learn

Apprentice Civil Engineering Technician
From Chloe

Chloe Inglis

Apprentice Civil Engineering Technician

Describe your career so far:

I started my apprenticeship with Ardent when I was 16 studying Civil Engineering.

I have completed the BTEC L3 in civil engineering and currently studying for my HNC, once completed I will be moving on to study for my degree.

Whilst working for Ardent, I have been taught a lot more than I would have learnt in a classroom only, it is all hands on experience which is more interesting and satisfying as you get to see the end results.

I have learnt how to create various drawings using CAD and have developed skills in Civils 3D.

What makes my job interesting?

Every project is different and every drawing has something new on it, I also work for different teams so also learn different teams dynamic, no matter what I’m working on or with there’s always something new I can learn!

Who or what has helped shape my career?

My mentors at Ardent have really helped shape my career and my progress, they are always on hand if I need support but also let me try and figure things out for myself.

My family has helped shaped my career, I wouldn’t be where I am now without their support and guidance!

Working hard throughout school and getting the grades I needed in my GCSEs has definitely helped shaped my career and allowed doors to open.

Any top tips or advice you would like to pass on?

The advice that has always helped me is to try your best and don’t be scared to ask for help. The more questions you ask, no matter how silly you think they are, the more you will learn.

The best tip I can give is write everything down, you may not think you’ll need it at the time but you definitely will!

We believe in developing and training our employees so we can promote from within as our people progress in their careers.

Chris Baker-Pearce, Managing Director