Ryan Diboll joined Paul Basham Associates as a Civil Engineering Apprentice in September 2019 after deciding he wanted to follow a different career path during his first year at college.

What does your job involve?

The vast majority of what I do revolves around training; I spend one day a week at college completing a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in ‘Construction and the Built Environment’ alongside an NVQ. While I am on the job, I often work on a range of different projects at once, and this could involve anything from detailed highway and drainage design, to report writing, to addressing comments from the council. The work I do is almost always integrated with training, as each project I am involved in will require me to learn something new.

What do you enjoy most about the role?

I really enjoy gaining experience, and learning about Civil Engineering while completing project work; it’s very satisfying completing a design while also knowing that I’ve developed my knowledge and experience while doing it. I also enjoy the variety – no two projects are the same and I often get the opportunity to work with different colleagues in both the Civil Engineering team and Transport Planning team.

What do you see for your future at Paul Basham Associates? 

In the short term, I’m looking forward to completing the apprenticeship and obtaining the qualifications. After that, I’m hoping to continually develop my career at Paul Basham Associates, with the aim to become a fully qualified Engineer.

What do you get up to in your free time?

I’m very much into my gaming and I’ll often do that at any chance I get. I also enjoy going to the gym and I’ll try to go four times a week. I’m a big supporter of my local football club Havant and Waterlooville FC; I’ve had a season ticket with them for the last three years and I try to watch them play at every opportunity. Recently, I’ve grown a liking towards golf, I’m no pro, but I definitely enjoy playing.