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Building Surveying apprentice

When you’re at school and you say you’re interested in buildings and design, I think you’re always pointed towards architecture. Actually though, there are thousands of different roles in the construction industry. I knew I wanted to deal with existing building fabric, maintaining and repairing pre-existing buildings, and that’s when I started looking into apprenticeships and found FCO Services.

You get a really rich, really varied kind of experience here. Day-to-day, I might be doing all sorts of things. Tendering process evaluations. Producing drawings. Site visits. Inspections. General design work, from material selection to coming up with floor plans.

You get a really rich, really varied kind of experience here. Day-to-day, I might be doing all sorts of things.

Plus, we’re on day release in our studies, so one day a week I’m at university, learning the theory of Building Surveying. During the rest of the week, I’ll also sometimes have space to do my coursework at my desk, so that I can balance my workload.
I can run exam questions and revision questions past the other Building Surveyors and Quantity Surveyors to tap into their expertise.

I can even run exam questions and revision questions past the other Building Surveyors and Quantity Surveyors to tap into their expertise.

You’ve got so much knowledge at hand. You’re sitting with senior colleagues a desk away, so if you’ve got any queries about work or about your studies, you can get a response pretty much instantly.

You learn quickly, and you also start to take on work of your own. There have been projects I’ve taken on myself, where I’ve written my own design documentation. That’s a big step forward, because you have to work to high standards, but it means you go a long way in terms of your input and your capacity to support your team.