“I’ve been given the opportunity to shadow people in different roles and gain experience of their jobs to build my understanding of the industry.”
In National Apprenticeship Week, trainee quantity surveyor, Stanford Gezi, discusses his path into training and the impact so far.
Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
When I completed my A-levels, I knew which career I wanted to pursue, so then had to decide whether to study full time at university or take an apprenticeship. With so many employers now seeking people with relevant experience, the apprenticeship route seemed the obvious choice, giving me the best of both worlds.
What are you enjoying the most?
As someone that’s completely new to construction, I’ve been given the opportunity to shadow people in different roles and gain experience of their jobs to build my understanding of the industry. I’ve really enjoyed getting involved in varied tasks and helping to tackle challenges.
What impact has your training had so far?
My training has had a huge impact so far, broadening my construction knowledge and enhancing my skills in communication and writing. I’ve already gained a lot of experience in managing clients and subcontractors, and how to communicate with them effectively and professionally via email, phone and in person.
What advice would you give to others thinking about becoming an apprentice?
When I first joined Diamond Build, one of the directors advised that I should have a willingness to learn and always ask questions, even if I thought they would make me look stupid! Having done just that, I’d recommend any future apprentices take the same advice.