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Unlocking Your Potential: The Benefits of Choosing an Apprenticeship Career Route...

By Courtney Sowersby, Degree Apprentice: BSc Quantity Surveying (UCEM apprentices) programme.

Hey Ladies, I'm a 25 year old Trainee Quantity Surveyor at EYG Commercial. For me, choosing a Quantity Surveying Degree Apprenticeship through EYG has brought amazing opportunities. Combining academic rigor with hands-on experience, EYG has empowered me to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world projects. This apprenticeship has not only deepened my understanding of quantity surveying but has also allowed me to earn while learning, providing financial stability.

EYG's commitment to mentorship and comprehensive training has accelerated my professional growth, juggling work and study has refined my time management and organizational skills. Exposure to diverse projects has made me adaptable and versatile as a future quantity surveyor.

How did I get here?

When leaving school, I followed onto do my A levels in English, Law & Psychology; I completed my first year and it wasn’t what I thought it would be (which was fine!) I started looking around and found an administration apprenticeship within a local solicitor’s, I completed this but still wanted more! I dealt with a lot of conveyancing within that sector and fell in love with the construction aspect of the job which at 18 then led me on to a construction firm. I started as a receptionist, building my way up to an administrator and senior team member running a maintenance department for Hull University. But I still wanted more! So, 2.5 years ago local firm reached out to me offering me a degree apprenticeship to become a Quantity Surveyor, I took this opportunity with open arms and now we are here, and I couldn’t be happier!

I choose an apprenticeship route as I believe it was the most practical way to allow me to gain experience and training, while applying theoretical knowledge to real world projects, giving me the best possible chance in getting my dream job in the end while providing some financial stability along the way.

What does a day in my life look like?

Every day is different! 3 Days a week I will be up and down the UK visiting sites, looking at elevations, reviewing new contracts, having meetings with site managers, providing costings based on the progress of each individual site and forecasts for the following months. One day a week is my study day, this allows me to attend any lectures I may have, take any exams, complete assignments and overall allows me to not be overwhelmed with working full time and not having to use a lot of my own personal time to complete the degree. And my final day of the week is completing any financial tasks, and admin work which my be required.

Embarking on a career journey is a pivotal moment in life, and the choices made during this time can significantly impact your future. While traditional academic routes have their merits, an apprenticeship offers a unique and valuable alternative. If you're still decided whether to take the Apprenticeship leap or not, the hands-on experience offered in apprenticeships is a game-changer. Working directly within the industry provides practical insights and real-world proficiency that go beyond theoretical knowledge. This immersive learning style ensures a deep understanding of the chosen field, making apprentices immediately employable.

Furthermore, apprenticeships tailor training to specific industries, ensuring that skills obtained are precisely aligned with industry demands. This specificity enhances job prospects, as apprentices graduate with a targeted skill set that meets the needs of employers. Networking opportunities within the industry also abound, as apprentices collaborate with experienced professionals, mentors, and colleagues, establishing connections that can prove instrumental in future career endeavours. Apprenticeships foster adaptability, preparing individuals to navigate diverse aspects of their chosen field. With the combination of practical experience and formal education, apprentices often experience accelerated career progression, securing a competitive edge in the job market. Overall, the apprenticeship career route stands as a dynamic and advantageous choice, providing a holistic foundation for personal and professional growth.

Here are a few favourite things I love about my apprenticeship:

  • Financial stability (Earning while learning)

  • The support I receive from everyone be that work university or foundations like girls under construction!

  • Networking opportunities I’ve had the pleasure of been invited to.

  • Been able to apply something I’ve just learned in class onto real life projects.

  • The chance to see/visit places I’ve never been before!

My advice for Any young girl who may want to do an apprenticeship in our industry?

Confidence is Key: Believe in yourself and your capabilities. Don't be afraid to voice your ideas or ask questions. Confidence not only earns respect but also opens doors to new opportunities.

Persistence Pays Off: Challenges may arise, but don't be discouraged. Persevere through setbacks, learn from them, and use them as stepping stones towards success. Your resilience will set you apart.

Celebrate Achievements: Acknowledge and celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small. Recognizing your progress boosts confidence and motivates you to reach higher goals.

Remember, you have the ability to contribute significantly to the construction industry. Stay determined, keep learning, and enjoy the fulfilling journey ahead!

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