In September, VolkerFitzpatrick hosted a three-day event at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) entitled ‘A week in the life of a quantity surveyor.’ The aim of the event was to give students a real-life insight into the role, which will aid them in their final year.
Project surveyor, Hayden Scarth; managing surveyor, Nick Lamb and commercial manager, James Cregan, all graduates of NTU, led the event, which was attended by 50, full time, year 3 students studying Quantity Surveying at the university.
Over the three days, the VolkerFitzpatrick team provided several workshops and site visits for the students and set related tasks.
At the A38(M) Aston Expressway Tame Valley Viaduct site, where VolkerFitzpatrick is currently strengthening the existing viaduct, students got to witness first-hand the complexities of trying to work in and around live roads, pedestrians, and rivers. The workshops and tasks set enabled the students to apply their theoretical knowledge, taught at university, to a real-world project and gave them an important insight to the world of being a quantity surveyor.
Hayden Scarth commented “We were approached by NTU after they identified that final year students who have had no industry experience, were not generally achieving such high grades as those
who had. The ‘week in the life of a quantity surveyor’ event not only provided the chance for students to meet an experienced and knowledgeable team, but also gave them a fresh, modern, and current insight into the world of construction.”
Wayne Clarke BSc Hons, Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University, School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, commented “We would like to thank the VolkerFitzpatrick team for supporting this course for us. The feedback from the students has been great and our attendance has been fantastic for the sessions, on site and also on campus. We appreciate the efforts that they have gone to with assisting us on the course material and also the logistics in getting to and around the site safely. Personally, I don’t believe we could have run the event any more smoothly, so a big thank you from us all at NTU.”
Amritpal S Sagoo PhD MRICS MCIOB, Head of Department, Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, School of Architecture Design and Built Environment commented “I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone for your tremendous assistance and invaluable input leading up to the event. Students gave very positive feedback. I hope that this event has instilled positive energy in our finalists and ignited a new passion for them to engage with their chosen career path while also embracing the challenges they face in their final year of studies. Your assistance is greatly appreciated, and excellence cannot be hidden!”
Well done to all involved.
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