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Joseph Broadhurst

Why Mouchel for you?

I joined Mouchel two years ago after deciding not to continue with a degree in Chemistry. Mouchel offered an excellent package allowing me to earn while working towards a Level 3 BTEC in Civil Engineering and gaining valuable on-the-job experience.

What gives you a buzz?

The variety of projects that I work on keeps things fresh and interesting. In the morning I could be writing a travel plan for a primary school, encouraging pupils to adopt healthier lifestyles through sustainable transport choices and in the afternoon I could be working on a huge infrastructure development in the Middle East, such as Al Fahid Island in Abu Dhabi which is currently completely undeveloped apart from one motorway down the middle.

Developing professionally?

Yes. I am constantly learning and gaining new skills in addition to my formal qualification such as project management, commercial and financial management and bid writing. I also have access to Mouchel’s in-house training courses to help develop my technical skills further.

Daily nitty-gritty?

I usually start the day by checking through my emails which helps prioritise my tasks for the day. These usually include writing reports, producing plans and drawings and undertaking technical analyses for schemes across Mouchel.

Currently I’m involved in securing planning approvals for our private and public sector clients. Previously in my apprenticeship, I worked with the Transport Consultancy team developing solutions to transport problems, demonstrating value for money and long-term financial sustainability.

I also enjoy getting out of the office to make site visits for survey work which helps me to gain a first-hand ‘feel’ for locations being studied.

Feeling supported?

Yes definitely. I have regular meetings with my line manager and mentor to keep me on track with my studies and make sure I maintain a steady rate of progress within the workplace.

Highlights?

I have been fortunate to work on some of our most high-profile projects in the Middle East including Mohammed Bin Zayed City. In the UK, I enjoyed work on the trans-Pennine routes feasibility study, part of the government’s road investment strategy.

Balanced lifestyle?

Yes I think so. Working full-time and studying for a qualification takes up a lot of my time but I still find time to relax by playing guitar, occasional gigging and supporting Manchester City (not always so relaxing!) during my time off. That said, I enjoy busy days at work when we’re working hard as a team to hit an important deadline.

Rewarded and recognised?

Yes, I really feel like a valued member of the Mouchel team, and often receive great feedback from colleagues both in Mouchel and the companies we work alongside for the work I do.

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