Quantity Surveyor at Costain

Start Date:
Central London & City
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£16,000 annually
Review Date:
March 2019

Review Score

5.6 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


My role consists of interacting with our sub-contractors discussing their account, payments, any compensation events they have active and other stuff. we have regular monthly progress meetings to track their progress and make sure they are on track and we are happy with how things are going in their contract with us. Also, daily we work on applications and reviewing payments, liabilities etc.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have learnt and developed many skills whilst doing my apprenticeship. One skill i have developed would be my communication skills, as i am talking with sub-contractors on a daily basis i have developed the skill and become more confident in resolving any issues and leading the conversation of the meeting.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I would say at the beginning of my Apprenticeship i found it very hard trying to adjust and become familiar with how things work, as coming from school it was completely different. My line manager helped me a lot and made sure that i knew there was no pressure on me and i will work at my own pace when regarding understanding things and building knowledge as i have no engineering background at all. Now as time has passed and i'm in my final year of my Apprenticeship i'm enjoying it more as i'm confident that i know what i'm doing.

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


I would say my programme is organised and structured. The training side not so much, at college i do everything by myself and teach myself to complete my assignments to a distinction level. However, my work side of things is very structured, i receive a lot of support not only from my team but other teams surrounding me if i needed help on an assignment for example or even tasks at work.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?


I receive a lot of support from my Employer. We have a recruitment team and within the team there is someone who deals with the Apprentices. We are always able to call, message or email her with any problems or queries and she is always there to help and offer advice. You can trust that she will get it sorted as quickly as she can in the best way possible.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?


I would say that i don't receive a lot of help from my training provider. My Tutor is good at providing as much help as she can but the overall provider isn't really that good. When i first started we was a mixed class with full timers as well as Apprenticeships so everyone was on different Assignments. Although we are now split into two different classes, we are all still on different Assignments, which is why i am completed my assignments on my own.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?


I feel that my qualification has zero relevance to my role as i am doing a Construction in the built environment qualification and my role at work is Quantity Surveyor. I learn more at work in regards to my job role and what it consists of. What i am learning at College is simply engineering, which i am only learning to receive my qualification.

8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)


There are many activities to get involved in at work, we have a team called the legacy team who control this section of works. We are involved a lot in STEM activities and going to schools and getting them more involved in the engineering industry,. Especially, engaging more girls into the industry and defeating that stereotype of it being a male dominated industry. We do rowing competitions on the Thames, help the community around festive holidays, we carry out litter pick ups on the Thames to reduce the waste and help global warming.

9a. Would you recommend Costain to a friend?


9b. Why?

I would recommend Costain to a friend and i actually have because i think the company really looks after you and are willing to do anything they can to make you happy at work. They are one of a few companies that pay a good amount for an Apprentice as some companies will pay the standard wage. They will support you and help you progress in the field you choose and let you explore your options.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Costain?

I would say be honest and open with your application, which is one of Costains values. Be open to any Apprentice as you will probably surprise yourself and actually end up enjoying it. Be honest when applying as in your interview you will be asked questions about yourself and depending how you answer will determine if you get the apprenticeship or not. Most of all be yourself, Costain is a welcoming company and willing to take on loads of Apprentices.

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