Job Title / Transport Planning Technician Apprentice
Location / Manchester
Curtins was formed in 1960 and we remain a privately owned and independently run business. We operate across a network of 11 UK offices. We have circa 300 staff nationally and an annual turnover in excess of £20m.
We are an award winning consultancy working in the built environment and provide a range of services to the construction and property development industry from transport planning to structural and civil engineering, geo-environmental, stakeholder engagement as well as expert advisory services.
You will be based in our Manchester office located at 17-19 Whitworth Street West, Manchester M1 5WG.
Key Tasks & Responsibilities
As part of our growing Transport Planning business you can be expected to be involved in projects across a range of development sectors including residential, employment, education, and energy projects.
You will typically work as part of a multi-disciplinary design team helping to identify the most appropriate transport solutions and strategies for any given situation.
You willsupport the delivery ofour input to projects and providing technical contributions to our specialist Transport Planning team in preparing transport reports and other submissions.Key elements of the role include:
- Understanding and assisting with transport and travel surveys;
- Contributing to reports on options and recommendations on transport systems to clients;
- Understanding statistical analysis to examine travel data or accident records;
- Assisting with identification of potential solutions to transport problems;
- Developing initial design ideas for new or improved transport infrastructure, e.g. junction improvements, cycling and pedestrian priority schemes;
- Basic knowledge of computer simulation models to forecast the effects of road improvements, policy changes and/or public transport schemes;
- Comparing the benefits and costs of different transport planning strategies;
- participating in public consultation initiatives, including designing leaflets or questionnaires;
- Contributing to studies and projects, often within tight time and budget limits;
- Identifying infrastructure requirements (access, car parking, bus stops, cycle parking, etc.); and
- Communicating with different people as needed.
- Minimum 5 GSCE’s at Grades A*- C including English and Maths.
- Good written and verbal communicator.
- Good numeracy, time management and organisational skills.
- IT literate with working knowledge of MS Word and Excel.
- Understanding of report writing skills.
- Be able to work as part of a team working closely with colleagues, but also independently without the need for close supervision.
- Use own initiative and also know when to employ practical judgement.
- Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with others
- Enthusiastic individual with a flexible approach to work in a busy office environment
- Willingness to learn and to ask for guidance.
- Punctual and reliable with a professional and smart appearance.
- Committed to the position and the apprenticeship scheme.
The apprenticeship will run over a three year period during which the Apprentice will undertake a supervised programme of training and college attendance of one induction week and 6 two weeks blocks which leads to an EngTech review and possible Technician Membership of the Chartered Institution of Highway Technicians (CIHT).
There is the opportunity to go onto further study to enable you to be qualified to degree level and the Masters level in Transport Planning.
Candidates study will generally be provided in 2 week residential blocks in Leeds, where the academic study will take place. Webinars, and tutor support will be given via distance learning between blocks to allow students to complete assignments.
Attendance at college (Leeds College of Building) is paid as part of your apprentice wage and candidates should be aware that they will be required to carry out some of their college work during their own time. Assignments and revision for exams will be in addition to direct learning hours at college.
As part of the apprenticeship the candidate will benefit from:
- Eng. Tech CIHT level of experience. Mentoring and tutoring towards the Eng. Tech qualification (CIHT);
- BTEC level 3 Diploma in Transport Planning;
- Functional Skills;
- Employment Responsibilities and Rights; and
- Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.
The salary will be £10,725.00 per annum.
- 25 days Holiday
- Share Ownership (after qualifying period)
- Company Pension Scheme
- Life Assurance
- Bike to Work Scheme
- Free use of company lodge(s) (subject to availability and other criteria)
Reports to / Alex Vogt
Note:This job description is not intended to be all inclusive and does not construe an exhaustive list of all duties. Employees may be required to perform other related duties from time to time to meet the on-going needs of the organisation.
Date Produced: March 2016 / Reviewed by: Matt Rudman, Associate