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With an aim to run his own construction business, Dan’s Apprenticeship has given him an opportunity to earn money while gaining hands-on experience working at Barratt Homes as a Quantity Surveyor.  Since completing his Level 3 Apprenticeship, Dan has proceeded onto a Higher Apprenticeship at Level 4 taking him one step closer to his dream job.

Dan decided to study at Eastleigh College because of the good progression routes into industry. Dan explains, “The course has a wide overview so I could really find out what elements I enjoyed the most.  I’ve already got experience in lots of different areas which looks great to employers, but also means I can progress into different careers within the industry like site management, architecture and quantity surveying.”                     

Doing an Apprenticeship has helped Dan develop further in his job at Barratt Homes and has also given him the opportunity to study a degree. Despite having the opportunity to go to university, Dan is still undecided on what his next steps will be and has realised that he can earn a lot of money even if he doesn’t go to university. Dan highlights, “My manager doesn’t have a degree but gained knowledge and experience on-the-job and is now doing really well.”

Since working in the construction industry, Dan has recognised there is more to it than just site visits, with a lot of background work and maths needed. Dan shares “At school you don’t think English and maths are needed, but in this industry they are! I deal with percentage changes in my role, so my maths skills are invaluable.”

As well as the broad overview and progression routes the course offers, the College’s lecturers and learning environment are another reason Dan would recommend studying at Eastleigh College. Dan comments, “The teaching staff have come from industry with a lot of background and experience that they can pass on because they’ve been and done it.”

If I went through the traditional education route of A-Levels and university, I’d not have gained the work experience that I have by doing my Apprenticeship. When I’m 20, I’ll have had four years of experience in the industry which is a real advantage.

Dan

The College offers Apprenticeships, Full-time and Part-time courses in Built Environment and Construction. To find out more about the courses available, visit the course details web page, call 023 8091 1299 or email goplaces@eastleigh.ac.uk.

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