I originally started doing A-levels but then wanted to change to an apprentice-based course for Quantity Surveying. I found the EN:Able Futures Academy opportunity and course delivered by Leeds College of Building and thought it would be ideal as a stepping stone onto getting further qualified towards a QS degree. However, my main aim from this opportunity is to progress onto university or get a further higher-level apprenticeship related to Quantity Surveying.
I have gained lots of experience in different sections of the social housing sector in the short time I have been with EN:Able Futures, from fire risk assessing to working on one of the largest asbestos removal jobs in the country (Crib Lane, Halifax). This will be extremely beneficial as I progress in my career, it aids me with college work now, and is great experience for including on CVs.
Working with a variety of groups within the organisation has enabled me to gain knowledge across various areas, especially around the importance of compliance in construction and social housing; despite compliance having been one of my least favourite departments!
At work I have enjoyed working in different parts of the company especially asset management and development, demolition, and other construction work. Since starting college, I have enjoyed the relevance and detail of the work, creating actual case studies that will likely be used in my career in the future.
I look forward gaining as much experience as possible over the next two years and I hope to build my CV if I move to a different company or stay on with this one.
In the future I hope to work as a fully qualified QS, and eventually run a construction business. The Academy has given me a great opportunity to progress, with support, learning, and work experience.