09.02.2022

NAW 2022: Elizabeth Williams Shares Her Experience as an Apprentice

NAW 2022: Elizabeth Williams Shares Her Experience as an Apprentice

Elizabeth Williams is a Trainee Building Surveyor in our Essex office. Read our interview with Elizabeth to find out more about her apprenticeship.

Why did you choose an apprenticeship in Surveying?

I have always had an interest in the built environment and the buildings that we occupy. Prior to starting my apprenticeship, I completed two weeks work experience with calfordseaden and decided I wanted to pursue a Building Surveying career because of the unique opportunities and the prospects of supporting local communities.

What would you say to anyone considering an apprenticeship? 

The main benefit of completing an apprenticeship is being able to work and study at the same time. It is not easy trying to balance working and study but there are lots of people that can support you through the process and offer a wealth of knowledge. Being able to study and work within the same role allows apprentices to gain much more experience through hands on training in the construction industry but also improve your social skills and develop a wider understanding of how the business works.

What is the best thing about your job?

One of the most enjoyable parts of working as a building surveyor is the variety of work. A large part of my apprenticeship also consists of regularly attending lectures at university. Alongside my working role I enjoy being able to attend lectures and training which enable me to broaden my knowledge around the built environment.

Being able to study and work within the same role allows me to gain much more experience through hands on training in the construction industry and helps me to develop a wider understanding of how the business works.

What is your typical workday like?

To start the day, I would check my emails to determine what work needs to be done that day or during the week. I may start my day sending out drawings to be reviewed by other consultants, drafting certificates, or writing up meeting minutes. There are regular CPDs that can be attended during the lunch hour. In the afternoon I could be attending online meetings or out on-site checking progress of works. Once a week I attend university in Chelmsford with 2 or 3 lectures during the day.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?  

I hope to have finished my degree and achieved the role of a RICS Chartered Building Surveyor.