Life as an apprentice at SMD

Nineteen-year-old Kyle Grigg has been an apprentice with SMD since 2015 and is a big advocate for the scheme.

He joined the company directly from Bournemouth and Poole College where he studied level 2 engineering.

Southampton-born Kyle, who divides his home life between Dorset village Winterborne Kingston and Ashley Cross, Poole, has been with SMD for 19 months.

He is employed as a junior CAD technician and is learning as he works while also studying.

Kyle has already done a level 3 B-Tech exam and is currently working towards level 3 NVQ in a distance learning set-up with specialist tutors at Stafford College, Staffordshire.

He said: “When I was at Poole College I was really looking at a career in civil engineering, but remember distinctly thinking that an apprenticeship was a good way into industry.

“I saw that SMD were advertising for an apprentice, applied, got the job as a junior CAD technician and have not looked back.

“My role in the company is to liaise with architects, engineers, clients and create layouts from drawings.

“I’m also involved with making material schedules, some estimating and some quantity surveying.”

Kyle’s recent work has included projects at Heathrow Airport, Thorpe Park, student accommodation and a hotel in Liverpool, student accommodation in Manchester, a hotel in Southampton and the Berry Court development in Bournemouth.

He added: “I absolutely love this job – no two days are the same and it is brilliant to be juggling a number of projects at once.

“Getting this first-hand experience of the construction industry while doing the job is invaluable – and not something that can ever be achieved in the lecture room setting of a university.

“That is why I find an apprenticeship the perfect training vehicle for me. I am learning so many transferable skills that will be hugely useful in whatever role I am asked to take in future.

“SMD is a very friendly place and I am treated exceptionally well and very much as an equal – which might not be the case with all businesses – and my training needs are well met.

“Many people might think office work is tedious, but I can assure them that it’s not the case here – there are so many design challenges and issues to be overcome, so many people to deal with and so many different drawings to prepare that it couldn’t possibly be dull.”


If you are looking to join our team as an apprentice, please refer to our current career opportunities or contact our HR department on 01202 718 898.