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Daniel Trentham, Project Surveyor

Apprenticeships at Interserve
16 December 2019

Daniel Trentham, Project Surveyor

After completing his A Levels, Daniel Trentham, 24, won a place at Birmingham City University to study law while supporting himself with a part-time job in retail.

“It became clear quite quickly that I was not enjoying full-time studies at university and so I decided to look into alternative career where I felt there was career and personal development,” he says.

“Ultimately, I felt that I was better suited by doing an apprenticeship as I would be able to learn on the job while completing part time studies.”

So why did Daniel choose Interserve for his apprenticeship as a Project Surveyor?

“Obviously, Interserve is a massive company and their work can be seen everywhere. I was particularly impressed by the development plan for my career. As part of my employment as an apprentice I was required to complete a BTEC Level 3 in Construction and the Built Environment, this was to be completed during a block release at a college in Coalville.

“Also, I was made to feel extremely welcome at Interserve even during the application and interview process by my managers and other employees and felt I would be able to settle in quickly and add value to the team.”

Daniel, who lives in Birmingham, says he was also impressed by the potential career progression at Interserve which meant that on completion of the initial two-year apprenticeship there were opportunities to continue working for the company and undertake studies.

In his current role Daniel is kept busy each day. He says: “As a project surveyor, I am responsible for protecting the company’s commercial interests on a construction project. I am also responsible for maximizing cash flow and minimizing expenditure.

“On a daily basis, I am responsible for contract administration, managing sub-contractor accounts, managing variation accounts with the client and sub-contractors, making and applying for payments up and down the supply chain and cash flow forecasting as well as other responsibilities.

“In addition to my daily activities, I am currently in the process of completing a part-time Chartered Surveying Apprenticeship at Nottingham Trent University which I attend once a week as part of a five-year course.”

Daniel, a keen golfer, particularly likes Interserve’s collegiate approach and the support he receives from senior surveyors.

“I enjoy working within a team where I am lucky enough to learn from a vast wealth of experience and different working styles,” says Daniel. “In addition, I also enjoy being able to complete part-time studies. An apprenticeship is a two-way street – I like working and completing the job day in day out which gives me an advantage when it comes to my education and I feel that I am able to bring what I learn at University to the work I do at Interserve.”

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