Tony is an Apprentice Engineer at FM Conway, the term maintenance contractor for the Rochester Bridge Trust.
I had originally been studying towards a degree in engineering, but decided I wanted to do something more practical instead, so I joined the London Highways Academy of Excellence (LHAE) programme. This gave me an insight into the workings of FM Conway, and I knew I wanted to work there.
I didn’t just want a job however, I wanted to learn from the bottom and have a career – I have my sights set on joining the Board of FM Conway.
Engineering first caught my attention because I like practical work. It’s satisfying to see a job through from start to finish, especially being there to utilise all the different methods available.
FM Conway is a great company to work for and really looks after its apprentices. I also really enjoy being part of the team.
Learning every day from originally knowing nothing, and building my career up from the bottom, are the two main benefits of my apprenticeship.
Tony is in his second of two years as an apprentice at FM Conway. In his first year he was named the company’s Apprentice of the Year.
Tony’s mentor describes him as “a pleasure to work with, a lively and positive character and someone who keeps spirits up on a tough day”.
The award came about because of Tony’s eagerness to learn, willingness to work hard and the consistent support he gives the team. Tony has developed a range of skills and experience, all as a result of his dedication to his apprenticeship. His mentor believes Tony is the perfect role model for future apprentices, showing them the potential of this route into a career.