Degree Apprenticeship

Degree Apprenticeship - Fire Safety Engineer - Consulting

London & Manchester. Multiple vacancies. Open to all STEM.

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Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today's built environment. Together we help our clients solve their most complex challenges – turning exciting ideas into tangible reality as we strive to find a better way and shape a better world. 

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Arup Fire has a key role to play in upholding this reputation. From residential buildings to railway stations; schools and offices to industrial buildings; fire engineering is an essential part of multidisciplinary design. Projects like The Shard, Tate Modern, Macallan distillery and Birmingham New Street station depend on fire engineering to become reality. Our fire engineering expertise can also be key to exhibitions and events, for example the London 1666 spectacle held to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. 

However, we don't achieve our reputation through good design and high standards alone. To stay at the cutting edge of fire safety, we utilise our strong links with academia and Arup's proud record of research and development to build on our understanding of fire dynamics, human behaviour and structural response. By striving for an ever-greater understanding of fire, we continue to push the boundary of what fire engineering can safely achieve. We believe apprenticeships are a key part of this. 

Our apprenticeships allow you to study for an academic qualification while working and learning alongside respected, technical professionals. You'll study at a University whilst working on interesting and varied projects, combining your learning experience with real responsibilities in the workplace. A dedicated mentor and our learning and development team will guide you through your personal and professional development. 

About the role 

We are looking for an apprentice to join our teams located in Manchester or London. You will learn as you work, following an apprenticeship pathway to an undergraduate degree in Fire Engineering, taught and awarded by one of two Universities, Birmingham City University or the University of Central Lancashire.   

From your first day, you will join an unrivalled community of experts, where everyone is supported in their career path. Your role will encompass all aspects of fire safety engineering with the overall aim of providing specialist, fire related information across the built environment to protect people and property from the destructive effects of fire at various stages of projects. This will include a range of activities which you would contribute to; from preparing fire strategies in co-ordination with the engineering design team to the inspection and assessment of fire safety management and protection measures in existing buildings/facilities. 

As an Apprentice Fire Safety Engineer, with Arup you will develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours in the following areas: 

  • Understanding the first principles of fire engineering including: fire dynamics, smoke dynamics, heat transfer, human behaviour, psychological impact of fire on humans, physiological impacts of fire (tenability), combustion process, products of combustion, structural response and how they are used.
  • Understanding and application of the legal and regulatory frameworks, statutory guidance and British and European Standard guidance in the context of fire engineering. 
  • Understanding, assessing and evaluating fire engineering solutions, systems, products and processes throughout the life the cycle of a project including design, construction and occupation. 
  • Programme and project management. 
  • Research, information management and report writing. 
  • Developing teamwork, communication skills and collaboration skills by working within other engineering professionals, regulatory professionals and with clients. 

These competencies will be developed through practical on-the-job training, working with experienced fire engineers and other professionals across the business, and classroom-based training with Arup and at university, following an apprenticeship pathway to an undergraduate degree in Fire Engineering. The degree is taught and awarded by one of two Universities, Birmingham City University or the University of Central Lancashire.  

The apprenticeship will typically run over a 5-6 year period,  during which time you will undertake a supervised programme of training and block release with a University. You will also be assigned a mentor within the Fire team who you will work and liaise closely with and be there to guide and advise you throughout your time as an apprentice. 

What are we looking for?  

We're looking for apprentices with integrity, enthusiasm and passion to learn about fire engineering. If that is you, we'd like to hear from you. 
We're looking for candidates with the following qualifications, attributes and skills: 

  • A Levels (Or relevant equivalent Level 3 qualification): 
  • 96 UCAS points or more with a minimum of grade C or above 
  • At least 2 STEM subjects which must be maths or science related
  • GCSEs (or equivalent qualification):  
  • At least 5 at grade C/grade 4 or above 
  • Must include English, Maths and Science 
  • Strong communication and writing skills  
  • Numerate and show a willingness to improve their numerical and mathematical capability  
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications  
  • Enthusiasm for learning and a willingness to achieve a professional qualification  
  • Flexible to the needs of the business, and changes to project plans  
  • Demonstrate an organised approach to work and meeting deadlines  
  • Demonstrate a creative approach to problem solving  
  • Able to work effectively both individually and as part of a team  
  • Able to use your own initiative, be inquisitive and proactive  
  • Dedicated to the delivery of projects, and the development of the team and business as a whole  
  • Willing to commit to the 5-6 year apprenticeship qualification 

You don't need any formal training in fire engineering, as this will be provided on the apprenticeship.   

About the qualification 

This is a Level 6 apprenticeship, which means you will work for us whilst studying towards a degree over a period of approximately 5-6 years. The qualification offered is a Fire Safety Engineering degree (Bachelor of Engineering accredited by the Engineering Council). 

We will pay the cost of your university tuition and give you paid time off work to attend classes. You will be learning alongside employees from other organisations, which will offer networking opportunities to help you develop your career. 

You must be available to start this opportunity in September 2022. 

What we offer you:  

  • Beyond a great salary and stimulating, technically challenging work, Arup offers a range of additional benefits to its people. 
  • As a membership organisation, everyone shares in our success through a global profit share scheme. Our people also have access to a range of broader wellbeing benefits. 
  • You'll have access to lots of learning opportunities including a structured induction and ongoing training through Arup university. 
  • Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to utilise your technical expertise to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in the communities in which we live and work through Arup's community engagement programme.  

Next steps:  

Complete the application form, attaching any required documents. We'll be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. You are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in advance of the application deadline. Our assessment centres for this opportunity will take place from February 2022. 

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Opportunity Overview

  • January 9th, 2022
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Competitive + benefits
  • All grades
  • London and Manchester
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Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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