MYTHBUSTERS - what it's really like to work in the built environment | Wates

There are a huge variety of different roles available in the built environment.  It’s not just about working on building sites. The construction industry needs people from all walks of life with a wide range of skills, from designers, lawyers, writers to project managers, accountants and surveyors, just to name a few.

Hear from some of our apprentices and trainees below who are helping to debunk the common myths about apprenticeships in construction

MYTHBUSTERS - what it's really like to work in the built environment

Hear from William Townsend...

“My interest in the environment started at a really early age. I’ve always had a passion for nature and the world around us, and that blossomed academically into studying environmental science at university.”

Will Townsend - Environmental Management Trainee at Wates

Hear from Ruby El Kanzi...

“Since I was a little girl I liked drawing, I liked playing with Legos and I also liked playing with my parents, where at the time they were studying architecture. […] They were always painting or putting models together, so I thought they were playing! I think this is where the dream started.”

Senior Design Manager at Wates

Hear from Jennie Ellis...

“I joined nine years ago as an office administrator, and then I was trained as a bid writer and I worked within the bid team for a few years before working my way around and found my passion in community investment.”

Jennie Ellis - Community Investment Manager at Wates

Hear from Dwayne Porter...

“I’m someone that wanted a job which wouldn’t involve me staying behind my desk all day, everyday, so I like the variety of my role. Not only am I doing different activities every day, I’ve also got a nice split between desk work and being on-site.”

Dwayne Porter - Quantity Surveying Management Trainee at Wates

Hear from Gurdeep Jandoo...

“One of the things I really love about this job is that it’s a people-oriented job. I get to talk to a lot of members of staff on-site, the subcontractors, the operatives, and it’s not just a case of being a formality, it’s building relationships and connections.”

Gurdeep Jandoo - Site Management Trainee Placement Year at Wates

Hear from Daniel John...

“For me, I love my job because you’re not always in the same environment. Once a project is finished you move onto a new project which is different and will have different challenges to overcome.”

Daniel John - Site Surveyor at Wates

Hear from Prince Amponsah...

“After doing my A-levels in Maths, Economics and Physics, I came straight into the Apprenticeship programme.”

Prince Amponsah - Quantity Surveying Management Trainee at Wates

Hear from Niven Soobramaney...

“During my time at university I based my dissertation on a building to redesign sustainably, and during the course of that I learnt a lot more about the construction industry and had quite a deal of interest in it.”

Niven Soobramaney - Site Management Trainee at Wates

Hear from Emma Gubbins...

“What I love most about my job is that I’m really passionate about what I do and that I can make a real change to the community.”

Emma Gubbins - Social Value Management Trainee