“As a trainee quantity surveyor, I’ve experienced estimating and working with site management on projects of all sizes. I’ve even had the opportunity to work on the design for Diamond Build’s own development.”

In National Apprenticeship Week, trainee quantity surveyor, Tahir Akthar, explains why he chose an apprenticeship, what he’s enjoying the most, and the benefits for anyone thinking of a career in construction.

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship was clearly the best option for me when deciding which direction to take my career. It offered me the chance to go to university to study for a degree in the field in which I wanted to work. Being able to gain the theory and qualifications I needed as well as practical knowledge and experience made it an easy choice.

What are you enjoying the most?

As the construction industry is so vast, there have been lots of things that I’ve enjoyed so far.

As a trainee quantity surveyor, I’ve experienced estimating and working with site management on projects of all sizes. I’ve even had the opportunity to work on the design for Diamond Build’s own development. If I had to choose one experience that I’ve enjoyed the most, it would be pricing a whole tender on my own. I was supervised by our Chairman John Gray who taught me a lot about the process.

What impact has your training had so far?

My training has taught me an unbelievable amount in such a short time. I’ve gained an understanding of the pricing process for jobs and how to manage projects, including dealing with the financial aspects as well as learning about our subcontractors’ roles.

However, there are still many areas that I know nothing about yet as there is so much to learn and experience in the construction industry.

What advice would you give to others thinking about becoming an apprentice?

I would say it’s probably the best decision they will make, especially in construction as it’s an industry with so many different aspects to it. The best way to learn is by working in the sector and then you can gain the theory to support this experience by studying at university. A huge plus is that you can gain a degree without getting into debt and then get a head start in the industry. For me, taking an apprenticeship is a no brainer!

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