There are lots of ways into a construction career. Riazul is earning a salary as an Apprentice Quantity Surveyor AND studying for a degree with Youth Friendly Employer Breyer Group…
Hi, Riazul. Why do you like working in construction?
I really enjoy working in construction because I feel a hunger to thrive and do well in one of the many sophisticated and challenging environments to be employed in. For example, when meeting clients and leaders from different walks of life, there is always an opportunity to learn from others, to either better yourself in thinking or to share the knowledge with others.
What’s your job title at Breyer Group?
Apprentice Quantity Surveyor…
How did you get this Apprentice Quantity Surveying apprenticeship?
Initially, I applied through the QS Academy Program as a way to gain some knowledge on what QS was actually about. In the first hand I had applied to University, in which one of the courses I applied to was QS and Commercial Management, but I wasn’t quite sure what the profession entailed. I was using this time frame of the 8 week program – which was delivered in the course of the lockdown – to find out more just in time for University.
However, due to my excellent work throughout the program, I was fortunate enough to be offered an Level 6 Chartered Apprenticeship in Quantity Surveying BSc and Commercial management with Breyer as my Training provider and University of Westminster an my qualification provider.
Are you studying for any construction qualifications?
I have started my 1st year of studying for my Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying and Commercial management, which will be completed over the course of 5 Years. I also look to become a Mentor and have my own mentee to teach and share the knowledge Breyer Group and the Independent studies have taught me.
What is it like to work and study at the same time?
Living both the student and professional life can be tough and may put some strain on your personal life if you do not have a clear plan.
Handling a full-time job and your studies at the same time requires a good level of planning and prioritisation.
Studying while working gives you the confidence you need as you have financial control as a student.
At the same time, the professional qualifications that you can acquire over time will give you a good head start in developing your career that you enjoy.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself graduating from university and taking a further step in the field by working towards the professional RICS APC Qualification as a Chartered Surveyor.
If someone’s thinking about a construction career, what would you say to them?
Construction is a diverse industry and constantly changing in every way possible. There are many different roles to work in to suit your needs considering the early development, training and career progressions. There will always be a opportunity for you to climb the ladder and be the leader you want to be rather than the follower!
On the other hand, the impact of a poor career choice can be severe on life progressions as well as the wellbeing of an employee. The first and foremost thing that could happen to any individual is that you do not enjoy what you do.
Go with your gut, and if your gut is telling you to lay the first brick, then lay the 1st brick and build your wall!
Learn more about Breyer Group and youth-friendly careers in construction…
Work experience placements. Traineeships. Apprenticeships. Or a 360˚ combo of all three!
BAME Apprenticeship Awards finalist and Youth Friendly Employer Breyer Group provide fantastic apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities for young people in the world of construction. Expect stimulating learning, 1-2-1 mentoring, on-the-job training and the foundations for a sky-high career.
Breyer Group also offer some AMAZING quantity surveying courses. These Quantity Surveying courses are fantastic if you’re early on in your career… or you’re a school leaver ready to take your first step.