What are the apprenticeship opportunities? Well if you are in education and have your sights set on finding your first career move but worried you do not know anything about construction, or maybe you are looking to change careers and need that lucky break to find your way into the construction industry… an apprenticeship may be the right move for you.
At United Living we have various apprenticeships schemes ranging from Levels 2 and 3, in for example, Trade and Administration, right the way to Level 6 in Site Management and Quantity Surveying.
With a first class support structure, organised training with a college or university and hands-on work based learning you will receive all the training needed and be given every opportunity to build a career at United Living.
If this sounds like its right up your street then why not hear from some of United Living’s current apprentices below…
Apprentice Site Manager
"Starting in the construction industry as an Apprentice Carpenter at 16, I have learnt many hands-on skills, after completing my NVQ Level 3 in Bench Joinery and gaining 4 more years’ experience, I decided that I wanted to progress in the construction industry.
United Living was where that opportunity lay, my chance to become an Apprentice Site Manager on a Higher Degree apprenticeship where I will eventually achieve my Level 6 NVQ.
Was United Living the right company? Yes! Here I am treated as a manager, not an apprentice and have the same responsibility as the rest of my team. I’ve designed the layout for our new site offices, I have run the screed programme, and now I do the QA handovers where I deal with sub-contractors on a day to day basis all while having the support of my construction team, the Learning and Development Manager and United Living Apprentice and Early Careers Manger."
"I joined United Living in 2016 following a careers day aimed at construction students at Barking and Dagenham College where I was a student. At the time I was studying part-time for my HNC in Construction and Built Environment alongside employment. At the careers day a number of representatives were present to conduct mock interviews for younger students who wanted work experience placements to further their understanding of the working world. I was invited to the careers day where I met the social value team of the refurbishment division at United Living. During my mock interview they were impressed by my CV as I had prior experience, as well as the fact I was studying for my HNC.
Once I started at United Living I was hired as a management apprentice and in this role I could gain experience in a number of departments within refurbishment such as; Estimating, Surveying and Site Management. Once I spent time with each department I could then choose the role I wanted to pursue. I started by spending time in Estimating where I enjoyed the experience working alongside a number of Senior Estimators who guided me through the United Living construction processes.
My day to day work consists of; Setting up and sending out tender enquiries, liaising with sub-contractors, visiting sites and taking off construction drawings to ascertain quantities of work required. Alongside this I have achieved my HNC in Construction and Built Environment and I am now attending university part time to gain a degree in Quantity Surveying.
I am enjoying my experience. Working and attending university has increased my knowledge of construction as a whole."
If we don’t have something for you open right now then why not register your interest for an Apprenticeship at United Living?