NAW 2022: Ryan Pinkney Shares His Experience as an Apprentice

NAW 2022: Ryan Pinkney Shares His Experience as an Apprentice

Ryan Pinkney is a Building Surveyor in our Essex office who recently completed his apprenticeship. Read our interview with Ryan to find out more about his route into construction.

Why did you choose an apprenticeship in Surveying?

I had an interest in the construction industry from a young age, partly due to my dad’s influence who works for a contractor, as well as my interest in home improvement TV shows like Grand Designs. I always preferred essay-based subjects at school, so was attracted to the report writing aspect of Building Surveying.

What is your typical workday like?

As a Building Surveyor I particularly enjoy the day-to-day job diversity. The variety in tasks that I complete means that I am constantly learning and undertaking new challenges. I have a healthy balance between office work and site visits which is what I originally desired.

Before completing my apprenticeship, I worked four days a week while studying at university one day a week. On my working days, I would carry out a number of duties from going to site undertaking inspections to completing and managing reports in the office.

What would you say to anyone considering an apprenticeship? 

I would highly recommend the apprenticeship route because the knowledge gained through working and studying simultaneously has really accelerated my development in the construction industry. The RICS APC can be taken one year after the four-year course is complete, enabling me to become a fully Chartered Building Surveyor.

An apprentice will most likely be at university one day a week which would involve travelling to campus and undertaking lectures throughout the day. The other days of the week, an apprentice would be carrying out their job for the company and could be on site undertaking inspections or completing reports / managing projects at the office. In an apprentice’s spare time, or on designated study days, there is the opportunity to complete assignments for university.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?  

I hope that in five years’ time I will have completed the APC to become a fully Chartered Building Surveyor. I also hope to have plenty of experience in varying projects and will have furthered my technical knowledge. I hope that I will be a well-rounded Building Surveyor.