Meet Digital Engineer Apprentice, Lora!

Lora started her apprenticeship with TDS in September 2017, during a growth surge of digital construction and offsite development projects. The TDS team recruited Lora, for her natural ‘digital’ ability and it would be fair to say, her transition into the world of work has been pretty seamless!

She is now a year into the apprenticeship and the industry is still in need of young, talented minds like herself. Here’s what she has to say about her digital engineering journey so far…


How did you find this apprenticeship?

I had just finished school and was really struggling to find something I would enjoy, luckily a family friend knew the company (Cadcoe) well and suggested that I looked at the digital engineering apprenticeship they offer with their sister company TDS. I started my apprenticeship last September and haven’t looked back; it really has given me a lot of direction in my career and a great start in digital engineering.

Why did you choose digital engineering?

I have found that it’s a very interesting career. No project is the same so you are never doing the same thing, which is great because I never find myself sat at my desk and bored, I am always absorbed in the work we are doing.

What has been your favourite project, why?

All of the projects we work on at TDS are very different so they are all really good, but I enjoy working on architectural projects the most. They require a lot of attention to detail, as they are so complex. I couldn’t choose just one project as my favourite; all of them are challenging and more than enjoyable.

What is it like to work in a design office?

It’s a very relaxed environment, everyone gets on really well and no one is afraid to ask for help, because everyone is willing to help everyone! I have learnt a lot of ‘life skills’ too, from working in a design office – like how to make a cup of tea! Believe it or not, I didn’t have a clue how to make a good brew before I starting working at TDS!

What music do you enjoy listening to at work?

Nothing too amazing, just anything that will keep me concentrated on the work.

What do your day to day activities include?

Making tea in the morning, starting up whichever project I am working on, eating a LOT of food (thanks to the handy Lidl down the road), working some more on the project, having another cup of tea and continuing with the project until the end of the day.

What is your favourite part of your apprenticeship?

Well I love going to the Christmas party at the end of the year! Last year we had a blast (there was a LOT of karaoke!) Really, it is great to be learning in a work/office environment, especially as I am surrounded by senior engineers who have a lot of experience and knowledge to share with all of the apprentices.

What would you advise someone looking for an apprenticeship?

Make sure to find something you enjoy and are passionate about, otherwise it won’t benefit you the way apprenticeships are intended to! This apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to delve into an industry I had never even considered – and now I couldn’t imagine my life without it!


Here at Cadcoe we are more than lucky to have Lora with us and working so well with the TDS team. Contact us if you’re interested in starting your own digital engineering journey or would like to employ your own engineering apprentice!

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BY Jordan Connor | 22nd November 2018