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Toby Holdsworth's career development

Trainee Quantity Surveyor

Toby has been working for Amiri Construction since 2015 and is currently a Trainee Quantity Surveyor. Here Toby gives a few insights into his experience and aspirations for the future.

What started you on your career path into the Construction Sector?

I have always been interested in construction and architecture. I originally wanted to become an architect but decided I would prefer to be based on site with the construction team as I would be able to see projects go from stage to stage. My grandad also ran his own civil engineering firm so I would sometimes go into work with him to see what goes on.

What construction qualifications have you undertaken and/or currently undertaking?

I am currently undertaking BSc Hons in Construction Management at UCEM (University College of Estate Management) part-time having already completed a BTEC Level 3 in Construction and the Built Environment and an NVQ Level 4 in Surveying at Southampton City College.

What projects have your worked on to date and what was interesting about them?

Benham Campus, the £6.3 million speculative office build on the Southampton University Science Park, was the first project I was on working on and it was interesting to start learning construction techniques and how construction projects operate regarding the different trades involved and all the roles on a construction site.

Project Linseed, a £2.8 million extension to an existing horticultural pack house facility and distribution building was my first project in a surveying role. I was learning the basics of the surveying role, building relationships with subcontractors and learning different types of construction techniques. I then went on to work on the £4.4 million Aldingbourne Trust Country Centre, taking on more responsibility as my experience grew.

I am currently based full-time on the £9 million Brockhurst Gate Retail Park. I manage subcontractor accounts, building close relationships with them and the project team. It is great to see a project through to completion.

What do you find the most interesting part of your role?

Being based on site you are able to see the projects grow from the ground to the final handover. Producing high quality projects which impress the clients is a real reward for the hard work and effort the project team put in. No two days are ever the same on a construction site, I learn new things every day about construction.

Where do you hope your career will take you?

I hope to be running my own projects, producing high quality projects and exceeding the client’s expectations. Expanding my knowledge within the construction industry is important to me and, eventually, I hope to go into property development.

What advice would you give to a young person thinking about a career in the Construction Industry?

I would say go for it, there are so many possible opportunities within the construction industry and there’s a role to suit everyone. There is so much you can learn and no day will be the same. Seeing projects from start to finish is very satisfying and you feel a sense of achievement. I’ve always wanted a job in which I don’t wake up wishing I didn’t have to go to and, luckily, I’ve found one.