NAW2022: Billy Hardy Shares His Experience as an Apprentice

NAW2022: Billy Hardy Shares His Experience as an Apprentice

Billy Hardy is a Trainee Quantity Surveyor in our Essex office. Read our interview with Billy to find out more about his route into construction.

Why did you choose an apprenticeship in Surveying?

I chose the Quantity Surveying field mainly due to the diversification of the job. No two projects are the same and new challenges will arise, so the excitement of working on developments remains high project-to-project. Another reason I chose Quantity Surveying is the balance of being in the office and being out on site.

What is your typical workday like?

I usually start the day with a quick read through the news headlines then check my email inbox for anything that has come through since finishing the day before. I will then continue the work I have; this can include working on estimates/cost plans, measuring, reviewing valuations, writing meeting minutes, contacting suppliers (or searching cost books) for price rates, and creating and printing contract documents. Some days I will be on site or in virtual meetings with clients and contractors.

The best part of my job is the experience I am gaining with assisting on a wide range of projects. Travelling to these unique sites each month and witnessing the progress is fascinating and it is rewarding to see an initial project drawing turn into a physical building.

What would you say to anyone considering an apprenticeship? 

There are tremendous benefits to an apprenticeship within the construction industry. From my experience, I have greatly benefitted from having a study-work balance. Being able to study at university and then use my education in my work is fantastic; and it works vice-versa, the experience I am gaining from my day-to-day work activities can be utilised in my studies. And of course, there are financial benefits to the apprenticeship, being able to earn a salary whilst studying and come out with a degree and no student debt is one of the most beneficial aspects of a degree apprenticeship.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?  

In five years’, I would have graduated from university and hopefully passed my Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to become a Chartered Surveyor and a member of RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors).