Ayesha Ansar - Level 6 Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship
Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?
“When it came to choose a pathway into Quantity Surveying, the degree apprenticeship route stood out to me. I knew it was going to serve me better in both the short and the long-term. I viewed the options at hand and assessed my needs, as well as considering what my needs would likely be in the next five years.
"I did some research and it became apparent that in this industry, the level of experience that you hold is given greater preference in comparison to how you acquired it. I also considered the other benefits that come from doing a degree apprenticeship, for example, I will be able to follow a well-structured plan for the next 5 years while being exposed to many development and networking opportunities.”
I had discussions with students from previous cohorts and they praised the quality of teaching as well as the excellent provision of facilities and resources. I also noted the course that NTU provides ranks highly amongst other providers.
Why did you choose to study at NTU?
“NTU was selected as the course provider for many reasons, for instance, the course structure is compliant with the requirements set out by RICS and has been tailored to enable student development that fulfils the knowledge, skills, and behaviours (KSBs) set out by OFSTED. I also had discussions with students from previous cohorts and they praised the quality of teaching as well as the excellent provision of facilities and resources. I also noted the course that NTU provides ranks highly amongst other providers.”
How do you believe this apprenticeship will affect both your current job role and future career?
“My current job role is Quantity Surveying Degree Apprentice, with the target to become an Assistant Quantity Surveyor when year three commences. This apprenticeship allows me to consolidate my university learning with my work-place learning and experience. My on-the-job development is centered around works associated with roads (motorways, A-roads, structures etc.), however by undertaking this course I can learn about Quantity Surveying in the context of housing and commercial property works. This will be beneficial for my future career choices as I will not be limited to a sector within construction or a career pathway within quantity surveying.”
How have you balanced studying alongside your professional role? (And, if applicable) How have you found the support from your employer?
“I like to create a schedule at the start of each week which allows me to allocate tasks to specific days depending on their priority. By doing this, I have a clear idea of how my time will be spread across my working and studying hours, while also having the relief of knowing that all my tasks will be completed in a timely manner. I have received an incredible level of support from my employer, National Highways, throughout my apprenticeship. There is an emphasis on using my ‘university day’ for only work associated with my course. This has meant that there is a clear boundary between my work and studying hours. I am also encouraged to seek support from my colleagues for university work/ learning when needed.”
What advice would you give to anyone considering a higher/ degree apprenticeship?
“Research around the course, the potential course provider, the employer’s training programme and employee satisfaction. Ask about potential outcomes of completing the apprenticeship (post-completion opportunities and qualifications). Talk to people that are already on the course, ask them about the pros and cons. Assess if you are willing and able to commit to the course and the hours and effort that it will demand.”