Quantity Surveying Apprentice
Why do you want to become a Quantity Surveyor?
I was studying carpentry at college when an opportunity came up for a quantity surveying apprenticeship. I looked into it and it seemed like it would be a really good career move. I wanted to do an apprenticeship because it would give me the opportunity to be on site and I naturally learn a lot easier with hands on experience.
What college do you study at?
I’m currently studying toward my NVQ Level 3 in Construction and the Build Environment at Coleg Gwent in Pontypool. I hope that once I’ve achieved this qualification, I can go on to study at university.
What have you learnt since becoming an apprentice?
I’ve learnt so much. Early on I got to learn a lot of the essential skills that quantity surveyors need – especially communication, team work and lots of maths! This really set me up for the rest of my apprenticeship and helps me when working on lots of different projects. It’s also great to know that if there’s anything I don’t know, there’s always an expert around to help.
What are you looking forward to when you qualify as a Quantity Surveyor?
I’m really looking forward to working on lots of different projects. As an apprentice I get to work on lots of varied and interesting projects – I’m currently working on a fire training centre project, which is quite an unusual one!
Is your apprenticeship what you expected?
I didn’t expect to get the chance to go on rotation. I thought I would just be doing one job for my whole placement but by working on these different types of projects I’ve had the opportunity to learn lots of different disciplines that will help me become a Quantity Surveyor. I’ve been working with main contractor, ISG, on a variety of different projects being managed by its Cardiff team and I’ve also got to work with designers such as Lawrays and RVW.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
It changed a lot! At first, I wanted to become a vet and then I wanted to be a physiotherapist. Then I studied carpentry and now I’m working towards becoming a quantity surveyor. After doing some research I knew that quantity surveying would be the right career path for me. Since joining Y Prentis, it has proven me right. I’m enjoying my time with ISG and intrigued to see what the future holds.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
We all make mistakes, learn from them.