Billy enjoyed the time he spent at our Lakeside and O2 project sites and decided to take the apprentice route. It will take him to a degree in four years, with automatic enrolment on a RICS Assessment of Professional Competence – after which he can put ‘MRICS’ after his name.
“It makes a lot more sense, if someone’s willing to pay for you to learn and you get work experience on the job and a qualification – without the debt of going to university,” he says.
For his first year, he attends Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford two days a week – it’ll be one day a week for the following three years. The rest of the time, he’s on site. He started off back at the O2 site initially, assisting the team. Moving to the The Otto and Nightingale School in Hackney (a school and a residential block), he was given numerous packages to manage himself, together worth around £1.3 million. He’s enjoying the challenge.