More about Alfie
Placement company: VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd
What does your placement role involve?
“My placement has been with VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd where I’m working on the LAMDA project located in West London (Hammersmith). I have been carrying out several different tasks throughout my placement year such as; procurement, carrying out contracts, re-measures, cost management and managing subcontractors. All of these experiences have been great and have helped to prepare me for a successful career within the industry. The company also supplied training throughout my placement which is huge benefit to once again developing your skill set within the industry.
“I’ve been very fortunate to be placed on a great site which is evolving on a daily basis. The most interesting part of my placement has been dealing with subcontractors on a first hand basis and making decisions which can have a massive effect on the project being delivered both on time and for the targeted profit margins.”
What do you enjoy most about your course?
“I really enjoy the variation that the course provides as it is divided into several different modules in each year, with each of these being different to the next. This helps to constantly keep you developing different skill sets and making you more aware of different elements of the construction industry.
“The course staff are great if you require any extra help they are always more than willing to support you in order to further your development throughout the course. They all have a wealth of experience which they’re willing to share with you, assisting us from the transition from classroom to the industry in real life. My tutors and lecturers have also gone the extra mile to help me find a way to manage my time due to having heavy sporting commitments. All my lecturers and tutors have been great at helping me mould a timetable to make sure I achieved the top of my ability.
What would you say to prospective students?
“If you’re considering studying this course I would definitely recommend going to visit the University to see the great facilities that NTU has to offer. If you enjoy a challenging environment which changes from day to day then the construction industry is a great place to be as it is ever evolving. QSCCM gives you a great knowledge and first-hand experience to help promote a successful career within the industry. NTU also has several links with large successful companies to help with future employability."