Oakfield’s construction partner Mi-space has employed two apprentices, Ollie Farmer and Brandon Snary, to work at Oakfield. Ollie is a trainee quantity surveyor doing a degree apprenticeship and Brandon is a trainee site manager doing a higher apprenticeship; their study is funded through the Apprenticeship Levy. We’ve had a chat with Ollie and Brandon to find out more about their experience so far.
Mi-space is part of the Midas Group that runs a ‘Launch’ training programme for people starting their careers, to help them develop not only the necessary skills within construction, but also transferrable skills. This helps tackle construction skills shortages, which the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors say is at its highest point since 2007.
Ollie: I noticed Midas’ commitment to trainees, by providing them with lots of development opportunities, was very attractive compared to other companies. They give you a sense that they would look after you in the future.
Brandon: I agree. They focus on training people up on their ‘Launch’ trainee programme for you to stay long-term.
Brandon: Being an apprentice is fun. We have a close-knit team on site – even with the social distancing! There doesn’t feel like a hierarchy as everyone is so approachable and we can ask as many questions as we need to. I’m a visual learner so find it’s much easier to see the work being done in front of me. We learn as we go but also have a laugh along the way. I got stuck in the mud yesterday which was hilarious!
Ollie: By doing the degree-apprenticeship I will be able to move up in terms of job role, but also focus on my personal development.
Brandon: You get a good sense of achievement when you work up through the job levels. I could work up to a site manager or a project manager.
Brandon: I love the sense of achievement which I get every day.
Brandon: Go for it! I was nervous at first as I felt that I didn’t have the best grades, but I have worked on them to get the grades I needed to keep it all going.
Ollie: If you’re considering doing these courses at college – you get paid for doing an apprenticeship and get hands on experience. It’s a win-win.
If you’re interested in an apprenticeship in construction, Mi-space and their subcontract partners will have further opportunities next year – to find out more look for adverts at your college or on Midas’ website. If you’re in terested in finding out more about apprenticeships, you can check out Gov.uk to see available apprenticeships in the UK.