Aaron wasn’t sure what career he wanted to pursue when he was picking his GCSEs, but when he got good grades in maths, he knew he wanted to do something involving numbers.
College helped him narrow down his choices to construction, specifically quantity surveying or estimating.
|School||Albany School in Hornchurch (GCSEs)|
|College||Havering College, Rainham, level 3 Extended Diploma|
|McLaren sponsored Higher Education||South Thames College (Level 4 Apprenticeship in Construction Management)|
In his second year of studying for his level 3 in construction and the built environment, his next choice was to study full time for a higher qualification at university or look for an apprenticeship. The college encouraged him to find an apprenticeship and combine practical experience with study. He applied to about 15 companies, large and small, attending assessment days and interviews for quantity surveying and estimating roles. After his interview with one of our estimating directors, he was offered an apprenticeship with a trainee estimator role at McLaren.
A typical week sees Aaron at college on Mondays and in the office for the rest of the week. He goes out on site visits when he can, usually tagging along with other trainees to share the experience. Aaron’s mentor keeps an eye on both his college assignments and his McLaren work, answering any questions he has or finding someone in the office who can help. At college, the lecturers make sure that Aaron and his fellow students are applying themselves to the detail and using the right terminology, which all helps with his work as an estimator.
Now that he works in construction, he views buildings differently. “I like seeing what’s behind the whole process and having an idea of how much a building costs,” he says. Soon he’ll be spending an extended period on site, seeing some of the work he’s already done being put into practice.
Aaron’s aspiration is to go into commercial management. As he approaches completion of level 4 of his apprenticeship, he’s looking for a university place to do a degree in quantity surveying or construction management, with McLaren’s help.