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National Apprenticeship Week – Ellie’s story


As part of National Apprenticeship Week we have asked our apprentices to tell us what they have gained so far from their experience with Farrans. Today Ellie McErlean shares her story.

“I am currently in my first year of a civil engineering apprenticeship with Farrans. I work on site four days per week and I attend Ulster University one day per week. Doing an apprenticeship has enabled me to put the theory work from university into working practice almost immediately.

This opportunity has allowed me to expand my knowledge and skills in the engineering field by working alongside and learning from leading professionals both on site and through lectures.

Since beginning my apprenticeship with Farrans, my leadership, management and interpersonal skills have greatly improved. This is because I am given endless opportunities to liaise with people in various trades, skills and professions every day.

Working alongside people from various construction backgrounds I get the opportunity to ask questions, express my ideas and assist in the management of works on a busy site. I have already gained valuable experience managing various types of work and it is a part of my job that I find extremely interesting as every day creates a different, exciting challenge.

I feel privileged to be working for Farrans. I began my career with them on Alma Place student accommodation in Belfast. I was part of the external finish team. I was tasked with a selection of minor roles and the team that I worked with made me feel very welcome. I felt right at home from day one.

I am currently working on an interior fit out at Orchard House in Derry.

Again, everyone on this project and throughout the company has made me feel so welcome. I am confident that I will continue to receive the guidance and support I require throughout my apprenticeship.

I would highly recommend an apprenticeship as the next step in anyone’s career. Particularly, if they enjoy putting what is being covered at university into practical use. Communicating with different people and problem-solving as part of a team.

I would especially recommend an apprenticeship with Farrans. The help that is available when it is needed is second to none. All my co-workers always make me feel like a valuable team member and I always feel heard within the company. From my experience so far, Farrans aim to help apprentices reach their full potential.

They provide job opportunities in various sectors of construction and engineering throughout many countries for those who wish to travel.

After completing my apprenticeship, I aim to achieve high career growth within Farrans through a continuous process of education and promotion. I am confident that through hard work and continued guidance I will gain the knowledge and reach my full potential to become a chartered civil engineer.”


Find out more about apprenticeships at Farrans.