G&T has a long history of supporting the next generation of professionals across the property and construction industry. Read on to find out more about the journey of a trainee surveyor...
After finishing sixth form at the age of 18 I realised I wanted to start work and earn a living, rather than follow a lot of my friends to university. The previous summer I completed one week’s work experience at Gardiner & Theobald and heard about their trainee programme that would allow me to work whilst doing a part time degree. I thought this would be a brilliant opportunity to experience the world of work and at the same time achieve a professional qualification. I joined G&T as a trainee surveyor in September 2010.
I started my job at G&T working on a project at the Olympic Park and was based on their site in Stratford. My first day on one of the most iconic sites in the UK was like going back to my first day at school, feeling like a very small fish in a gigantic pond. After a couple of weeks settling in, I started my degree at London South Bank University. The course covers five years of studying, which meant I worked four days a week at G&T and one at university. I was taught across a number of different disciplines that covered a range of topics from Construction Management to Contract Law, all of which have helped me improve my confidence and learn about the industry.
The ability to work while studying was really good for me. I was able to take what I learnt in class and apply it to my projects. As much as it was benefiting my career, it was also an extremely difficult challenge. In order to balance my workload and study I had a number of late nights writing coursework and many last minute deadlines I found difficult to meet. My fifth and final year was definitely the hardest. My responsibilities at work had increased, going from measurement and tender analysis to looking after my own projects. Trying to juggle this, while writing my dissertation, completing coursework and revising for exams, was a challenge to say the least! However it helped me learn how to balance multiple tasks and manage my time efficiently.
I received my final university grades and graduated with a 2.1 in Commercial Management. All of the hard work over the last five years paid off and I was accepted onto the APC (Assessment of Professional Competence), which I started on last September.
The G&T trainee route is a great way to earn while you learn, although it is definitely a challenge to juggle study with working. There were moments when I felt out of my depth, but I had a good team around me who gave me lots of support and guidance, plus lots of friends within the firm who I could turn to for advice as well as some much needed downtime at the end of a busy week. All in all, it was the right choice for me and I would recommend it to anyone who would like to gain a professional qualification without going off to university.
Stuart Le Boutillier is part of G&T’s NextGen, working in the Residential and Mixed Use sector across London. Stu works with clients such as State Street Bank and The Crown Estate and has been at G&T for six years. He is currently working towards completing his professional qualification in the next 6 months.
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