“Being able to work and gain experience whilst attaining a qualification and being paid sounded like the perfect combination to me.”
I chose to do an apprenticeship because I’d recently finished my A levels and decided that this was the next step for me. I had to choose between a degree in Quantity Surveying and an apprenticeship as an Employer’s Agent. But in the end starting an apprenticeship outweighed going to university as the idea of being able to work and gain experience whilst attaining a qualification and being paid sounded like the perfect combination to me.
I currently work 4 days a week and spend the final day at college working towards my NVQ qualification. The day at college helps to break up the working week and I think it makes an apprenticeship the ideal way to transition between full time education and full time work. During my days at work I am based within the Employer’s Agent team which means I work alongside both Clerks of Work and Quantity Surveyors. When working with the Clerks of Work I’m regularly on site doing quality checks on our newly built homes, and liaising with housing contractors to make sure that deadlines are met. On the other hand when I’m working with the Quantity Surveyors I publish cost reports, valuations and completion certificates; working closely with clients and the development team to monitor and regulate the cashflow and payment of new build properties.
I’m now just over three months into my apprenticeship and it’s so much better than I expected. Being both in the office and out on site means it’s really varied - no two days are ever the same. The support I’ve received from the team has been great; they’re fun to work with and I always know I can ask any question if I need help. I get regular one to ones with my line manager so I can get all the support I need, as well as give my opinions and ideas.
This apprenticeship has made me certain this is the career for me. I hope this apprenticeship will lead on to a further development position that would let me do day release at university, and work towards a degree whilst working. I have really enjoyed the process of starting full time work so far and I am excited to see where this qualification will take me in the future.