It’s National Apprenticeship week (8 – 14 February) so we thought we’d take the opportunity to have a chat with our very own apprentice, Sean Burnett-Kiernan.
Sean joined our Norwich office, back in 2018, straight from the University Technical College in the city, where he’d taken A levels in Maths, Further Maths and Computing. He’s currently three years into a 4 year BSc in Quantity Surveying at Anglian Ruskin University.
We asked him how he was getting on:
“Loving it! I always wanted a job with variety, to be out and about and not tied to a desk, which is I suppose what most people want. I just feel very lucky to have found a job that really suits me. And doing an apprenticeship, learning while working and getting experience (and paid!), seemed a great way to start my career.”
“The first few months were certainly a baptism of fire – shadowing the experienced surveyors, doing little bits and pieces while I found my feet. The variety of projects on the go gave me a great opportunity to see what a career in surveying could be and the team here in Norwich were really supportive and helpful.”
So, what was the first project you were involved in?
“It’s all a bit of a blur now, but the first job I really remember was at Beck Row in Mildenhall, where DCP was the employer’s agent on a development of 118 homes for the Clarion Housing Group.
“I’ve most recently been involved in the new community hub for YMCA Norfolk – the Jubilee Hall, in Aylsham Road, Norwich. It is a big refurbishment scheme on an old British Legion building. Now the building has been redeveloped for the YMCA, it’s got a community café, a soft play centre and nursery. DCP have been project managing the development, so I’ve been working with Chris Talford and Robert Dale, one of the Senior Partners, on that job. And it’s been completed over the last year, despite all the problems with Covid-19.”
How have you found working and doing your degree course through the pandemic?
“It’s been OK. I’ve been mostly working from home since last April, but as the construction sector has been able to work throughout – taking all the appropriate precautions, of course – I’ve still been able to get out to site on occasions, although a lot of meetings are on Zoom or Teams. My uni course has been all online since last Spring. That is quite hard because I miss the face to face interaction, but everybody is just making the best of it, and hopefully it won’t be for much longer.”
Where do you see yourself in 5 year’s time?
“I’m really pleased with my career choice. Once I graduate next year and complete my apprenticeship my plan is to keep building my experience and to start working towards my APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) to become Chartered. I’ll definitely still be a Surveyor!”