What apprenticeship course and level are you completing?
I am on Turner & Townsend’s Cost Management Apprenticeship programme, which is a degree level apprenticeship. My degree is Bsc (Hons) Chartered Quantity Surveying and I am currently in year 1 of the five-year course.
Why did you join Turner & Townsend?
I joined Turner & Townsend because of the fantastic profile of infrastructure projects that they help to deliver worldwide. I also saw the opportunity as too good to turn down because of the global growth of the company being a key indicator that I was joining a successful and respected company. I wanted to be in a company that has good ethical values and that contributes to the community and Turner & Townsend meets this through their commitment to CSR. The opportunity to be gaining vital work experience alongside studying for my degree qualification was very influential in my decision to join Turner & Townsend.
What do you like about working for Turner & Townsend?
Working for Turner & Townsend has given me the opportunity to work on multi-billion pound projects such as HS2 which gives me to contribute to the commercial management of the largest current infrastructure project in Europe. Also the support networks at Turner & Townsend are great and line management is very supportive in terms of progression through my career and education.
What’s the culture like at Turner & Townsend?
The culture is development-focused with many support networks to help you develop in a collaborative environment.
What support do you receive on your apprenticeship programme?
I receive support from many people within Turner & Townsend with my line manager and other apprentices being the key people. There are allowances for a study days, training days and university days which is very helpful and productive in terms of the apprenticeship.
What project are you working on?
Currently I am working on HS2 which is the new high speed rail network. I work in a Commercial role within HS2 giving me exposure to many areas of the delivery of a project.
What are your priorities in your first year?
In my first year I want to build a stable network within the company, build my reputation/profile and get involved with areas of the business away from my day-to-day job.
This week I…
Developed a high level comparison of resource allocation between different sectors of the route for HS2. I also submitted multiple contract communications from the Project Manager to the Contractor.
What has been your biggest learning experience so far?
To be confident and push for things you want for your development and people do listen. Also to ask for help when you need it and people will support you.
Any other information you would like to share?
Turner & Townsend’s apprenticeship scheme is a great way to develop your understanding of many different areas of the construction industry because of the diverse industry background that people you work with daily have come from and the range of experiences they share with you.