12th February 2021

Our Quantity Surveyor Apprenticeship Success

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We often have to work our way up, taking things one step at a time, This includes our CEO, who started off as a bricklayer apprentice.

Commercial Manager, Barnaby Havercroft, began his Axis life as an apprentice Quantity Surveyor and we spoke to him earlier about his career journey…

Q: When did you join Axis and how did you hear about our apprenticeship programme?

Barnaby: When I first joined, I was 21 years old. It was back in 2013 – it feels so long ago now thinking about it.

Q: What have been the stages of your career since you joined as an apprentice? Any promotions along the way?

Barnaby: I first joined with the Quantity Surveyor Apprenticeship, I then moved on to a Trainee Quantity Surveyor, then a Quantity Surveyor, and lastly in the position I am in now. When I first started, I was also going to a college called CSTT (Chartered Surveyor’s Training Trust) in Old Street to learn the theory behind the work I was doing. It gave me confidence when speaking about specific details of the job.

Q: What made you do an Apprenticeship in the first place and how did you hear about it?

Barnaby: Well before I signed up to do a quantity surveyor apprenticeship, I was working in different dead-end jobs where there was no progression, and I was simply working to get paid. I wanted to learn something, I was interested in from bottom-up and at the same time, it felt like university wasn’t for me. This made me search online for apprentices and luckily, I came across Axis. Because I had done my work experience in quantity surveying, I decided to apply.

Q: Which was the main contract you worked on?

Barnaby: The first contract I worked on was L&Q. I was living in the area they operated in at the time, so it was easy for me.

Q: Describe your day-to-day experiences as an Apprentice?

Barnaby: I would have to go to college one day a week. In my 1st and 2nd years I would spend 1-2 days in the office and the rest were on site. I was teamed up with one of the expert Quantity Surveyors at Axis and we would drive around to all the jobs that needed measuring.

Q: How did you benefit from ongoing support as an Apprentice and what would you say was the highlight of your time as an apprentice?​​​​

Barnaby: I had regular reviews with my Line Manager, and the entire time I was working with people who had gone through the same process or were at the current stage that I was. We all gelled together well so I was confident in asking them questions about their career progress. The highlight for me would have to be finally graduating from uni.

Q: How has an Apprenticeship with Axis helped your career and what made you stay at Axis?

Barnaby: Without doing the quantity surveyor apprenticeship I wouldn’t be in the position I currently am in! I’d still be working those dead-end jobs that I had no interest in. My apprenticeship really helped me propel my career and got me to the senior position I’m in now.

When I first finished, I was relieved that I was done. I felt a massive sense of achievement. I decided to stay as Axis really looked after me – I owe part of my success to the company and I had no reason to leave after.

Q: Looking back, what advice would you give to others who are considering doing an apprenticeship?

Barnaby: I would say to appreciate the opportunity you have, it’s not something that comes about every day. At the start, it might seem like an endurance test. Just think in a few years you’ll be fully qualified with a heap of experience under your name. I’ve seen teenagers not giving it their all and not taking it seriously, they end up leaving and regretting it.

If you’re interested in taking an apprenticeship, read our Work Inspiration brochure, here. Or find more stories like quantity surveyor apprenticeship success, here.

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