Alfie Tipping - Level 6 Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship (Building Surveyor Pathway)
Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?
"I decided to choose an apprenticeship on the basis of having a desire to work in an industry when leaving school. Prior to leaving school I completed two work placements in the property/construction industry which further confirmed to me that entering the industry was the correct decision. My two main objectives following on from that decision was to discover the chosen industry and the associated degree."
Why did you choose to study at NTU?
"In 2019 degree apprenticeships were uncommon and Nottingham Trent University was one of the few universities that were offering degree apprenticeship courses – it was great to see them planning for the future. Also, as I am originally from Derbyshire and attended school in Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University stood out as a great option to learn whilst working."
How do you believe this apprenticeship will affect both your current job role and future career?
"I believe this apprenticeship will have a positive effect on my career; it has given me an opportunity to have access to 5 years industry experience before becoming a Chartered Surveyor. I endeavour each day to make the most of working in the industry as it is a rarity at my age."
It is great to see my progression when looking back at archived projects/jobs, to see my previous input and comparing that to my current input where I can now deliver certain projects/jobs from initial instruction to completion.
How have you balanced studying alongside your professional role? How have you found the support from your employer?
"Balancing a degree alongside a professional role is difficult, two main tactics I have utilised so far is to make the most of my designated university day and to set achievable objectives regarding assignments. It is important for me to know the deadline date of an assignment as I can translate my skills from work to meet that deadline.
The support from my employer has been outstanding. I have review sessions with my workplace mentor which is an opportunity to discuss the academic side and how certain aspects integrate into the industry. It is great to have access to industry experts."
What advice would you give to someone considering a higher/ degree apprenticeship?
"The advice I would give to prospective degree apprentices is to do your market research of companies and to show willingness when it comes to experience. Having experience of certain industries is crucial for when commencing an apprenticeship, it allows you to have more confidence with your choice.
You are in a much greater position; the range of degree apprenticeship companies and universities is increasing each year. This puts further emphasis on your market research, with the correct choice you can gain a competitive advantage."