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Celebrating our Apprentices in National Apprenticeship Week

11th February 2021

Celebrating our Apprentices in National Apprenticeship Week

At Barker we’re huge advocates of apprenticeship schemes and the benefits they bring to young people starting out in their chosen career. To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we caught up with two of our apprentices to find out more about their experience and what it’s like to ‘earn while they learn’ at Barker.

Introducing Harry Miller and Daniel Chubb

Tell us a bit about your apprenticeship?

Harry: I’m currently in the second year of my four-year apprenticeship scheme, which is partially government funded. I spend one day per week in training where I attend university studying for a degree in Building Surveying, whilst gaining full time, hands on experience working at Barker. Approaching my career in this way means that I will have at least three years’ work experience compared to anyone who has studied full time at university. My degree will mean I am RICS accredited and will in turn set me up to begin my Chartership. 

Daniel: I am in the first year of a four year apprenticeship scheme with Barker, studying Quantity Surveying at Anglia Ruskin University. I study two days per week at university, leaving the remaining three days for me to gain hands on experience from the team at Barker. My course is RICS accredited and in the long term will set me up on my journey to qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor.

Why did you choose Barker for your apprenticeship?

Harry: Barker is one of the few companies that offer an apprenticeship in Building Surveying and I was really impressed by the level of knowledge and expertise within the business. Choosing an apprenticeship with Barker has really opened up career opportunities for me. It’s a great pathway for my career development as a Building Surveyor and to work towards becoming a Chartered Surveyor. 

Daniel: I did work experience with Barker in summer 2019 and this sparked an interest in quantity surveying. It also made me aware of the unique opportunities offered by Barker, along with the strong support and positive team morale.

What is your long-term career goal?

Harry: My goal is to become a Chartered surveyor within the next ten years, working in London full time. By then, I’d like to have enough experience in surveying and construction to set up my own business. I hope to set up multiple streams of income from the different areas of the construction industry.

Daniel: After completing my university course, my long-term goal is to become a successful chartered quantity surveyor.

What has been your highlight so far?

Harry: The highlight for me has been the team morale and management support throughout a time of such uncertainty. The procedures that have been implemented have not only kept us motivated but enabled us to further our development. Having such positivity initiatives in place has meant we’ve been more productive and driven in the workplace. 

Daniel: So far I have thoroughly enjoyed watching live projects and their progress week by week, and in turn seeing the impact Barker has on the local schools, businesses and the wider community.

Here’s a question just for fun – which three people would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Harry: Cristiano Ronaldo, Elon Musk and Margot Robbie!

Daniel: Bill Gates, Steven Gerrard and Ricky Gervais!