We’re passionate about helping future Engineers grow their careers in a supportive and engaging work environment. At TSP Projects, we welcome new graduates and apprentices into the business every year, providing them with a well-rounded experience across our different disciplines and projects.

Back in September, our Reading office welcomed apprentice Finley Abbott and Graduate Engineer Christian Thompson. Now, one month in, we checked in with the new members of the team to find out how life at TSP Projects is treating them.


You’re both joining us at different points in your educational journey. What stage are you both at with your studies?

Christian: I’m at a stage where I’m looking at routes to Chartership. I graduated from Liverpool John Moores University this summer and am now taking a few months to settle into the office before looking into my options for further qualification.

Finley: I’m currently studying for my Level 4 HNC in Civil Engineering, attending City of Westminster College, London on day release each week. Alongside my role at TSP Projects, I’ll look to further my studies to degree level.


The office can often be quite an adjustment from the educational environment, how are you finding it?

Christian: Through work placements around my university studies, I’d gained experience in other offices before I came to TSP Projects but I do feel like I’ve settled in very well here. The environment is friendly and supportive and you always feel able to ask questions.

Finley: Same. I had previous experience in the office environment at other companies but I’m really enjoying it here. We’re always communicating so you always feel connected to what’s going on but we also have more structured monthly meetings which are great for monitoring progress and keeping you on track.


What have you been getting involved with in your first month?

Christian: We’ve all joined in with some local volunteering work for the Oxfordshire Preservation Trust which was really interesting. In terms of projects, I have been working mostly on the Great Western Route Modernisation (GWRM) project, specifically Overhead Line Equipment (OLE). I’ve definitely gone in at the deep end – there’s plenty to do – but it’s an exciting project and I feel very supported by the team.

I’ve also been heavily involved in the workings behind various design tools, such as the Headspan calculation tool & TEDDS structural analysis, in order to be a point of call within the Reading office, and to assist others to allow more people to use it.

Finley: So far, I’ve been set CAD exercises to work on before getting stuck into live projects. The systems are similar to those I’ve used whilst at college so the transition has been smooth and I feel confident in what I’m doing.


What attracted you to come and work with TSP Projects?

Christian: For me, I knew I wanted to work for a consultancy. It was more a case of deciding on a sector. Although automotive initially appealed to me, it was rail that really attracted me in the end, something TSP Projects has a wealth of experience in. After visiting the office and going through the interview process I know this was the place for me.

Finley: I was keen to make sure I got lots of experience across different departments. Out of college you don’t necessarily know exactly what area you want to specialise in. The open and collaborative culture at TSP Projects really appealed to me. I know it would give me that breadth of experience I was seeking.


What are you hoping to gain from your time with us?

Christian: I’m keen to keep moving forward in my career, aspiring to go as far as I can. My next challenge will be gaining Chartership but I’m looking forward to experiencing different projects and widening my skill set. It will also be brilliant to get on-site experience as there’s no substitute for seeing projects in situ.

Finley: Same. I want to learn progress and develop. I’d like to achieve a Master’s Degree and keep on moving upwards in my career. I know my time with TSP Projects will go a long way to help me achieve these goals