National Apprenticeship Week
7 February 2023
Chris Little joined Currie & Brown in 2021 after transferring from full time university and was keen to develop his skills in the construction industry
We asked Chris, what ‘s good and what’s not so good about being an apprentice.
Pros and cons of an apprenticeship
“I have always been passionate about the built environment and the apprenticeship route was a great way to get my qualifications for quantity surveying. The course provided a perfect opportunity to gain hands-on experience and training in the industry, whilst working on real projects and learning from experienced professionals. Earning a salary at the same time was also appealing!
One of the main reasons I was attracted to the apprenticeship route was the opportunity to gain practical skills that are essential for success in the field. Working on real projects has given me a stronger understanding of the industry than I would have received in full-time education.
An important factor I had to consider before starting my apprenticeship was the responsibility and commitment I would be taking on at a young age. However, I am confident in my decision as I feel it has prepared me for the future. Taking on this responsibility and commitment has helped me develop my time management, communication and problem-solving skills. It has also given me a sense of independence and self-reliance that will serve me well in my future career.
Many would say the apprenticeship route can be considered the ‘best of both worlds’ as you get university-level education while receiving full-time, hands-on experience too. While I firmly agree with this, there are challenges that arise with balancing studies and work commitments, especially during exam and assignment periods at the university. However, I have been fortunate that within Currie & Brown, there is support provided through study leave for these demanding times.