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In the Spotlight: An interview with Apprentice Quantity Surveyor Oliver Tanner

We caught up our new Trainee Quantity Surveyor Oliver Tanner to hear how he has settled working on The Glass Works project in Barnsley.

Oliver currently works on The Glass Works project in Barnsley
Oliver currently works on The Glass Works project in Barnsley

Why did you choose to work at Henry Boot?

I wanted to work for a company which supports the growth and progression of each individual to ensure they can fulfil their potential. I also wanted longevity within a company, and the fact that many members of HBC staff have been with the company for 10+ years spoke volumes about how great the company is to work for, which is exactly what I wanted.

What do you think is the best thing about working in the industry?

I have gained great experience whilst working in construction, including many elements which aren’t even touched on at university. It’s great to see a project from all aspects and seeing it take shape, whilst talking to and working with people both on and off-site.

Why did you choose the apprenticeship route?

I decided to take the approach to work alongside studying at university because I wanted to gain the practical experience I need, to become a competent surveyor. For my own development, I saw working in industry alongside studying as a way to cross both areas of quantity surveying and bounce knowledge back and forth between them.

What is it like to work on The Glass Works?

The project as a whole is very exciting and diverse due to the size of the scheme, and there is always something new and interesting happening. The tight-knit site team are all extremely knowledgeable and I have already learnt a vast amount in the short time that I have been here. I feel very lucky to be a part of this project and work with such great people.

How would you describe your job to a young person being introduced to the industry?

I assist in measuring certain aspects of a building and calculating how much it costs. I then help select the most appropriate person to complete the measured work, keeping costs down wherever possible.

What keeps you motivated?

I stay motivated by always focusing on looking ahead at the next step. I like to set myself aims and objectives to work towards in order to improve in every aspect of my life.

How do you see your career progressing in the future?

Upon graduating university in 2021 and becoming a fully qualified Quantity Surveyor, I hope to have a long life within Henry Boot and progressively climb the ranks to more senior positions.