This week is #NationalApprenticeshipWeek and we are proud to be supporting the next generation of talent in our industry.

This week, you’ll hear how a vital part of our team, our apprentices, are preparing for their future in the construction industry. Today you can read Harry’s story as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor:

When did you join Careys?

My first day at Careys was 2nd September 2019.

How did you start on your apprenticeship journey?

I began my apprenticeship journey through work experience in the Easter of 2019. A friend of mine did a placement here and recommended me just before my GCSE exams. I really enjoyed my time here and came back for two more weeks in June 2019. By this time, I had already enrolled into my college course and came back full time on the 2nd September to officially begin.

What qualification are you working towards? Do you study alongside work?

Currently I attend Oaklands College every Tuesday where I am studying for a Level 3 Diploma in Construction Management. Alongside this I am also working towards a Level 3 NVQ in Construction Contracting Operations. I am currently in my last year at college and after this I will be moving onto London South Bank University to study Quantity Surveying - BSc (Hons).

What have you found the most challenging?

The main thing I have found challenging is going from a full-time school lifestyle to instantly changing into a full-time work lifestyle and adapting to the longer hours, earlier mornings and later days.

Also, the change to working from home full-time has been a challenge. Adapting from going to the office everyday or to site where I would meet new people and being able to see the different stages of construction has been difficult.

Why do you think people should look beyond traditional career routes and consider an apprenticeship?

I believe people should start considering apprenticeships because it allows an education alongside gaining experience in your chosen career path. For example, whilst I am studying and working towards my diploma, I am also gaining hands-on experience of my role and the construction industry as a whole. As I further my education the more experience I will gain which is important when starting out. I also believe it matures people, allowing them to knuckle down into something they are interested in and want to further progress in.

What are you most proud of since starting your apprenticeship at Careys?

Since joining Careys I am proud of how I have embraced the work lifestyle. I believe I have learnt a lot of things here and I’m excited to learn a lot more. I have learnt things like communication skills, with colleagues and clients, also working to deadlines and balancing my workload with studying for my qualifications.

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