1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am expected to review Subcontractor Applications, make Payments to the Subcontractors, work out the liabilities, forecast in the near and long-term future, respond to emails from colleagues or Subcontractors, create documents and spread sheets, and much more. The tasks listed above are the main tasks required for my role at this moment in time.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, I have learnt to act more professional and responsible which has also had an effect in my social life as I feel I grown up a lot away from work. Skills that I use at work which I have either gained or developed are as follows: I have gained great communication skills from speaking to my colleagues throughout the work day, my organisational skills have increased, and also my time-keeping skills! My maths was at a good standard but I feel I have expanded upon my maths knowledge as I have faced different tasks regarding working out and dealing with large amounts of money.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme very much as I have never experienced a role quite like this, and also working up in London is an experience itself therefore I am very grateful to be given this opportunity and have this experience.
4. How valued do you feel by BBMV?
I do feel valued as I am what I call a 'working progress'. I feel that I have started doff well and am given great attention by my work colleagues. They also check up to see if I am ok with my work and if I need any help which makes me feel included within the team which is always nice.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very organised and structured, I am never waiting on things to happen as a lot of people are.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I am provided with loads of support as like I said in question 4, I am asked all day whether or not I am ok and if I need any help not only by colleagues but also my managers.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Both of my managers and the (previous) commercial manager was all employed by the same employer as me therefore it was great as I knew I could ask them anything regarding the company as well as the project/work. But regarding Human Resources and the company itself then yes I still receive a lot of support! They are always very quick with replies and are always helpful.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I understand that I am just an Apprentice therefore my salary will not be the greatest, and also considering that my travel and university is paid for I feel that it is a good amount. But with the amount that I take home each month I would like a little bit more as I feel it is slightly low bearing in mind I feel I have made a great start to like as a Quantity Surveyor.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are loads of opportunities! At the start of the year everyone in the company got sent a calendar which showed all the event sfor the year within our company and there was about 12/13 events... This doesn't include the company drinks every last Thursday each month which is another 12 events alone.
9. Would you recommend BBMV to a friend?
Because it is a great experience and great opportunity to have in life. A great job, working in the Capital, great prospects, there is always a guaranteed project that your company is working on therefore always work for yourself and its just a huge industry to be working in which in itself it great!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BBMV?
Do not be nervous or scared when being interviewed as almost everyone is relaxed and everyone is kind and considerate therefore there is nothing to be nervous about? Just be yourself and you'll be fine.