Luke Hollis Assistant Cost Consultant, UK
I started my quantity surveying apprenticeship with Currie & Brown in September 2017. During the two years I have worked for the company as a trainee cost consultant I have gained experience in the commercial and infrastructure teams.
Before I started my apprenticeship, I completed a BTEC diploma in business at North Kent College. During my time at college I wasn’t entirely sure which type of apprenticeship I wanted to pursue, but once I found out about quantity surveying, I realised that my skill set was a good match because I believe I have good mathematical, organisation and communication skills.
The main reason I decided to join Currie & Brown was because of the amount of training and support that apprentices receive. This has been, and will continue to be, a key part of my development throughout the apprenticeship scheme.
One challenge I faced was being seconded to a large infrastructure client. It was crucial that I adapted quickly as it was a completely different work environment. I didn’t know anyone there, so it was almost like starting a new job! I communicated daily with the contractors, maintenance and other stakeholders including local residents. We were on a tight deadline to hand the project over to maintenance, so it was crucial for me to manage my workload efficiently. Some days I would be in the office and others I would be on site. I enjoyed this as no day was the same.
The thing I enjoy most about my role is the people I work with. I think that having a good relationship with the team that I work with is crucial as it makes work more enjoyable. There are currently more than forty people in the infrastructure team, with nine apprentices and five graduates. The directors in my team offer me their full support when needed, both in my job as well as for my college studies.
I have completed my level 3 surveying technician apprenticeship and my AssocRICS assessment. I am now on the level 6 quantity surveying degree course, which will take me four years to complete. After this I aim to work towards my APC assessment and becoming a chartered quantity surveyor.