Miriam Hussain

Why did you join Turner & Townsend?

I was extremely interested in the creation of the developed cities we live in today. As a cost manager with Turner & Townsend, I would be able to play a pivotal role in creating some of the most iconic structures within a global company. To study whilst working on multimillion pound projects, will create my pathway to becoming a key influential lead within the construction sector.

What is your apprenticeship course and level?

BSc (Hons) Chartered Quantity Surveying, Year 1

Did you have any previous experience before joining Turner & Townsend?

Before joining Turner & Townsend I did not have any experience within the construction sector. Although, since coming from a background of Physics and Maths, I have always been intrigued in the numbers aspect, hence why I chose Cost Management.

What does the programme offer you?

I have the wealth of knowledge and experience of my colleagues, which will allow me to prosper and become an expert within this field.

What are your priorities in your first year?

To absorb all experiences and information learnt through study and working in the office environment, as well as building up a network, getting to know other people from different teams/ companies. I hope to relish every opportunity I am presented with and successfully complete my first year of university.

How do you think apprentices are viewed in the company?

Apprentices are viewed as a great asset to Turner & Townsend, they are the future of the company and are acknowledged by all team members. Whilst working for Turner & Townsend I really do feel like the sky is the limit. We are encouraged to bring our ideas to the company which are always considered and you are provided with feedback/steps to take, to make Turner & Townsend an ever greater place to work.

What projects have you been able to work on?

I have had the opportunity to work on a number of projects including the £8bn Battersea Power Station site redevelopment, as well as many residential blocks in the heart of London.

A typical day for me is…

My days can be varied, I could be completing change control on a £155m redevelopment project in the morning to carrying out a cost assurance task in the afternoon. It is a fantastic way to learn as you face interesting challenges with each project, so you are constantly gaining knowledge each day.

What has been your biggest learning experience so far?

It’s ok not to know, but to ask for assistance if you are unsure is most important, as this can transform any task into a great learning experience.

Other comments?

Seize the day, see everything as an opportunity and a way to develop both personally and professionally.