23 Nov Career Story – Harrison Stone (Trainee Quantity Surveyor)
Harrison Stone, Assistant Quantity Surveyor in the WWA Plymouth office, shares his career story:
How did you get into construction?
Once I had completed my A-Levels, I left college with little idea of the career path I wanted to pursue.
The construction industry had always appealed to me and after some research, I decided I would apply to the Skills Group in the hope of finding an apprenticeship in this sector.
The Skills Group specialises in routes to employment via apprenticeships with top local employers.
After discussing my options with the Skills Group, I decided that rather than being on site, I would suit the consultancy side of construction. I was advised of an apprenticeship place that was available at Ward Williams Associates, in their Plymouth office. I met the qualification requirements, was invited to interview, thankfully offered the job and started my NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration.
After 12 months, I completed my apprenticeship. WWA saw potential in me, with regard to my understanding of cost management and employed me as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor. I am now studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in Quantity Surveying at The College of Estate Management through flexible learning. This allows me to gain paid experience whilst completing my degree.
What is the day job?
My day to day job involves several different roles across WWA’s Plymouth and Exeter offices.
I have assisted colleagues in completing cost plans and estimates for potential projects; acted as an Assistant Employers Agent on residential schemes for Housing Associations and assisted as a Monitoring Surveyor for banks and funders who provide loans for developments.
Undertaking different activities and projects across a range of sectors, combined with working across two offices offers variety on a daily basis and keeps things interesting.
Why should young people go into construction?
The Construction Industry offers many different career paths for young people. These can range from onsite trades such as a bricklaying, ground works and roofing to being predominantly office based, in consultancy roles such as Quantity Surveying, Project Management and Building Surveying.
If the construction industry is of interest, there are a number of routes on offer to help you develop your career, including diplomas, NVQs (part/full time college) or university courses.
To promote the career opportunities available in the industry, I have been able to represent WWA at a recent Apprenticeship Fair for Building Plymouth. Building Plymouth helps to promote opportunities to young people within this sector in an area that is experiencing regeneration and wide scale redevelopment.
What are your aspirations for the future?
My aspirations for the future are to continue with my Bachelor’s Degree and once complete, look to become chartered by completing my Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).
I hope to continue to support the growth and development of WWA’s business in Devon and be involved in significant local schemes, whilst establishing myself as a key member of the team for the future.
If you are interested in careers in construction, please visit our current vacancies page.