1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I often amend or write first draft notices for either Party Wall documents or Right To Light reports. I sometimes research properties and find their relevant planning information. Otherwise I go out on site very occasionally and do a lot of the admin for the company.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Given my relatively low knowledge and experience within the industry I have progressed very positively. I have learnt much about Party Wall and Rights To Light and I have collectively learnt about many of the tasks a surveyor must undertake.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy some days more than others. I believe that I could be given more experience on site and that I could help more with the Surveyors technical roles. I enjoy going on site and working on reports. I do not enjoy the admin side of the role.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I have been given some basic objectives very late into the programme. I do not believe there is any set structure for me as an apprentice otherwise.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer certainly looks to help me in gaining some experience of the role I will later be fulfilling. Otherwise I am often left to get on with whatever work needs to be done.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I greatly enjoy the degree I am working toward. To a small degree I belive some of what I learn can be applied to my role.
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 have been a few. These include eating out, One CPD and going out for drinks a small number of times.
9a. Would you recommend Consil to a friend?
My day to day role is beneficial with regard to me gaining experience in the industry. However I do not believe it is established enough to focus fully on a structured scheme for another apprentice/friend.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Consil?
If you are willing to work hard and maintain a kind, polite and social way of working, you will do well in applying for this company.