A Day in The Life of An Apprentice Quantity Surveyor - Rhianna Chard
Posted: 25th of April 2017 by Nerys Montana
Name: Rhianna Chard
Age: 17 years old
Apprenticeship Programme you are on: Apprentice Quantity Surveyor
Site / Office location: South London Mail Centre – Vauxhall
Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
I chose an apprenticeship as my Granddad, Dad and Sister have all completed apprenticeships successfully before me. This has made me determined to do the same. After working from the age of 13 with my Granddad, I have always had a working mind set and wanted to continue this whilst still making progress with my education. An apprenticeship offered the best of both worlds and the ability to gain work experience whilst earning. Apprenticeships offer guidance and support to gain relevant practical experiences and all to gain a recognised qualification at the end. Finally, I chose an apprenticeship because the course allows you to become part of a team (BAM Nuttall) and progress within the business.
Why do you enjoy working for BAM Nuttall?
I chose BAM Nuttall as they are a large company that were encouraging, friendly and warm. They also have very interesting projects that they have achieved with great success building trustworthy relationships with staff, subcontractors and clients. BAM Nuttall has offered me the greatest support during my apprenticeship, especially my site team who look after me and give me the opportunities I need to gain my NVQ. BAM Nuttall has given me the opportunity to gain confidence and develop my personal skills. For example, I was asked to present in front of 150 BAM Nuttall suppliers at the London Business Unit Supply Chain Day.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about doing an apprenticeship?
I would say definitely do it! Once you are involved in an apprenticeship the opportunities are endless, especially with a big company like BAM Nuttall. Apprenticeships can be for all ages and all academic abilities so no matter what your situation in life is, an apprenticeship could work for you. Apprenticeships are increasingly popular and are well regarded. Finally, industries value vocational experience as well as educational qualifications so if you can work on both at the same time, why wouldn’t you?