Role: Assistant Quantity Surveyor
Office location: Aldwych, London
Joined the team: July 2017
I saw an advertisement for an apprentice quantity surveyor at Base on LinkedIn and, as I had recently completed a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment, I thought this role would be well-suited to me. I was excited by the opportunity to become a quantity surveyor, gaining work experience alongside completing a degree. I came to Base for a week’s trial and haven’t looked back since.
What has your apprenticeship entailed?
I am currently in the final year of a 4-year course at UCEM Reading, which will allow me to graduate with a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying. On this course, I undertake modules relating to the traditional role of the quantity surveyor, such as measurement and quantification, as well as a dissertation-type task which requires me to discuss an issue on a live project. Then, for 4 days a week, I work as a quantity surveyor in the industry, which provides me with practical experience to support the academic knowledge gained on my course. This will be used as a stepping-stone, assisting in my training to become a Chartered Surveyor.
This marked my first secondment to a live job, and my first practical experience working under an NEC contract, both of which gave me a great experience in seeing how a project develops. My involvement drastically progressed my on-site knowledge, increasing my familiarity with tasks such as applications for payment and compensation events.
What are your career aspirations for the future?
My career aspirations for the next few years include passing my degree and then completing the APC process to qualify as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor. Longer term, I aim to gain an expansive knowledge of the construction process covering a variety of sectors, which my shorter-term goals will help me to achieve.
I have learned how to efficiently manage my time and distribute my workload, particularly when under pressure with numerous tasks to complete and deadlines approaching. I have also learned to be very disciplined to complete the workload required to be successful in my apprenticeship, which necessitates dedicating time outside of the traditional 9-5. This has prepared me nicely for my career as a quantity surveyor, which will also frequently involve prioritising numerous tasks, working to a deadline and occasional overtime to complete high-quality work.
What has been your favourite project at Base so far and why?
My favourite project so far has been the HS2 scheme at Old Oak Common, which was a large rail-based project, on an NEC contract, to remediate the groundworks and remove the stockpiles from site.
What was your biggest non-career-based accomplishment and why was it important to you?
My biggest non-career-based accomplishment would be making the 2017 British Championship National Summer Swimming Meet for being one of the top 30 relay teams in the country; it was a goal I had worked hard for 8 years to achieve.
What key lesson would you take away from your experience so far and pass on as advice to others pursuing an apprenticeship?
My advice to people pursuing an apprenticeship is to focus on managing your time efficiently as it can be very easy to fall behind. Breaking down your workload into smaller, incremental goals and deadlines is a useful method to help accomplish this.
Do you have any hobbies or interests?
I enjoy training, whether that be in the gym, swimming pool or football pitch.
What motivates you?
New challenges and working as part of a successful team.