Speaking about his apprenticeship, Ross said:
“At the beginning, I had very little knowledge and no experience in the construction industry. This has never been an issue, as it’s nearly two years on since I started, and I am progressing in my apprenticeship with confidence. I am meeting the expectations of my employer and working well on the coursework attached.
The South Lanarkshire College course has been paramount in my learning of the construction industry and has helped me in my day to day job. There have been many times I’ve had a task to do at work, and I have applied the knowledge and skills I have learned in College to carry out and complete what I am doing. This includes: take offs, looking at clauses in construction contracts etc.
Although Quantity Surveying is a job role in its own right, what you do and how you work can be vastly different depending on the position of your company e.g. a Main Contractor or a Subcontractor. Credit must be given to the course and the lecturers as they try to cover as much as they possibly can in the units from various viewpoints i.e. of how main and sub-contractors would go about their duties in relation to the unit”
The practical knowledge you gain carrying out the job is vital, you gain skills that wouldn’t be possible on a full time course. The combination of College and work experience are the key elements that make me successful in my role. The apprenticeship I am studying is helping me progress my career. It’s given me a well-rounded balance of on and off the job learning. The skills, knowledge and confidence I have gained from College is what I use and will continue to use throughout my career”