Work placement: Sam Gardner, undergraduate Degree, Building Surveying

Sam Gardner is a student at UWTSD keen to embark on a career in the construction industry.

He approached Jehu for work experience and in line with our support for new entrants into the industry, he was offered a mixed programme of site and office experience to develop his awareness of the roles and gain an understanding of a wide range of activity within the process of constructing a building.

Sam’s programme was designed to allowed him to view and appreciate many aspects of the job roles, particularly those that would be less familiar. He spent time with our land development specialist, meeting buyers and viewing land, and visited a local primary school alongside the community engagement team, actively participating in the role of ‘Ivor Goodsite’ mascot character to support their work in promoting the industry.

On more familiar territory in the technical department he worked alongside the team, reacquainting himself with CAD programmes and viewing a housing site to examine ecology issues relating to the local bat population.

Within the estimating team he looked at the stages of estimating process and gained practical experience in contacting contractors for prices, whilst in quantity surveying department he examined a specific plumbing package requiring amendment, attending meetings with the subcontractor, and was introduced to pricing processes.

Once out on site, Sam worked with the site engineer and was introduced to process of  ‘setting out’ the foundations of an affordable housing site. He sat in on daily site health and safety briefings and generally shadowed the daily programme of the site manager .

Student Feedback…

“It has been an eye-opening experience. I have learnt a huge amount in all areas of the business, appreciating the specific roles and understanding some lesser known tasks, such as putting a package together inestimating.

“I have had the experience of setting out in the uni classroom, but it is a completely different experience when you’re out on site, with all the noise, plant movement and other distractions.
“I really enjoyed my time at Jehu and are grateful to them for giving me this opportunity.”