Case Study: Nicholas Englefield
To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we’ve been talking to a number of apprentices about their roles, what a typical day looks like and their top advice for those considering an apprenticeship.
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First up is Nicolas Englefield, an Apprentice Quantity Surveyor.
What does a typical day in your role look like?
Mainly office based. For all work that is complete a pack is submitted by the site manager and we then invoice our client for all the work. We go to the sites to inspect all work and to make sure it's measured accurately so that an accurate invoice can be submitted.
How did you get here?
When I finished school, I didn't know what career I would like to do. I have always been good with numbers so I decided to go down the route of accountancy. I was studying accountancy at college and then managed to get a job as a credit controller and then purchase ledger clerk. However, I knew after some time that I didn't want to progress any further with finance so I looked at being a Quantity Surveyor. I have always been a very hands person and always had an interest in construction and how things are built so I thought that being a Quantity Surveyor would be a perfect fit as I could utilise my finance experience within my job role. I am very much enjoying my job and hope to progress further with ENGIE.
Why should someone be excited about starting a role in construction?
There are so many opportunities available here to progress and grow. We are a little family here at ENGIE which is nice and it creates a better work environment and atmosphere.
What are the most important skills and abilities required in your role?
Attention to detail, Excel skills, communication skills and numerical skills.
As your career has progressed, would you do anything differently?
As my career as a Quantity Surveyor has only just begun, I wouldn't change anything. I am working very hard to be the best I can and to prove to myself that I can do a lot of things when I put my mind to it.
How do you think your role may change in the future?
I think I will be given more responsibility to manage and look after projects on my own. This is something I am very much looking forward to.
What do you like the most about working for ENGIE?
I feel looked after here. Everyone seems to know each other and it feels like a family.
Have you any general advice on how to build a career plan?
I think first and foremost if you unsure on what career you would like to do, try lots of different jobs so you have an idea. A career that you might one day love could be something that you have never even thought about, so be opening to trying different things. Once you have a career in mind, set some goals that you want to achieve within the next 10-15 years and do some self-reflection so you can see if you're still on the right path to achieve your goals.
What advice do you have for new apprentices?
Work had every day and you will reap the rewards.