We provide our clients with a comprehensive infrastructure planning and delivery service, from assessing the viability of potential development sites through to planning, detailed design and delivery.
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 work 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.