It was a three-week work experience placement at a large contractor that opened Nathan’s eyes to a career in construction management rather than working on the tools. That placement helped him understand more about three possible careers on construction: civil engineering, site management and quantity surveying. The experience led him to choose construction management.
At school, Nathan picked construction tech and did a product design course on the side – great preparation for a two-year HNC at Barking and Dagenham College studying the built environment.
At that point he could choose between a full-time degree or an apprenticeship. To keep his options open, he secured a university place and applied for a few apprenticeship roles – finally opting for the apprenticeship offered by McLaren Construction.
“There’s no guarantee of a job after university and all the debt over your head when you’ve finished,” says Nathan. “It’s better to get the knowledge as you work.”