Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Working in Industry

Students who decide to follow either of our undergraduate degree programmes in Construction Management (BSc Construction Project Management or BSc Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management) have the opportunity in year 3 to gain real-life experience working within the industry through a work placement. As well as being an enjoyable and profitable part of their degree, the practical experience makes our students especially valuable to potential employers - always a good thing.  

Students are asked to keep a diary during their placement and as well as receiving a monitoring visit from a member of staff, students return to the Department to for the Industrial Placement Presentation Day where all placement students present a report on their progress. Following the placement students submit a final report and their placement diary.

Sabrina Spagnoli is now in her final year of the BSc Construction Project Management and spent her third year working for Symm, one of the UK's premier building companies. George Blumberg (Senior Lecturer in the Department) visited Sabrina during her placement and took some photos of Sabrina on site:

Here's what she said about her placement:

Whilst working at Symm & Company I was trained in both surveying and estimating. During the surveying part of my placement I was based on site and prepared fortnightly valuations as well as measuring items on site for the valuations and attending site meetings to explain the valuations. I was also building packages from the Bill of Quantity (a Bill of Quantity is a document used in tendering in the construction industry in which materials, parts and labour are itemised). I then sent these to subcontractors and they would negotiate on the price which I had given them. I also assisted in estimating various jobs at Symm with the Estimating Team. I would first start with the taking off for the project at tender stage. This involved sending out enquiries and following them up. I would then add the quotation to the tender and then finally price all directly employed labour only trades in the Bill.

My work experience has been of huge benefit to me - I have learned a wide range of skills including negotiation, organisation and pricing and most importantly I will be able to transfer my experience and skills to the workplace after I have graduated.

Have a look at Sabrina's presentation given at the Industrial Placement Presentation Day in 2010.

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