National Highways: Aeryn Carpenter

National Highways: Aeryn Carpenter

Aeryn Carpenter is undertaking a quantity surveying degree apprentice for National Highways 

I applied to study quantity surveying at Birmingham City University full-time in 2019. I then applied and got a quantity surveying apprenticeship at National Highways at the end of my first year. I started my apprenticeship with National Highways in September 2020 and subsequently moved on to the part-time quantity surveying programme at my university.

I currently work four days a week and attend university one day a week to study towards my RICS chartered quantity surveying degree. Working the rest of the week in National Highways has taught me more than I could have imagined while I was at university full-time.

I have been given opportunities that I would have never had a chance to gain had I continued to study full time at university. Not only can I earn a wage while studying, I also gain invaluable experience and knowledge alongside my studies. There is a multitude of extra training, resources and e-learning available, which align directly with the RICS APC competencies and act as further study towards my degree.

I am currently working in the central operations cost estimating team based in Birmingham. Within this team we produce several different estimates, most commonly a commuted maintenance analysis. My day-to-day work involves liaising with project managers and teams regarding estimates that they need for their scheme. I measure technical drawings, creating take-off sheets and bills of quantities for the work required, which are then inputted into our estimate models and, using the output, I then write estimate release documents for the project teams.

I have also been given the opportunity to work in procurement where I took part in procuring a multi-billion-pound scheme delivery framework across the Strategic Road Network in England.

I am grateful for how supportive the National Highways graduate and apprentice programme have been with their flexibility to accommodate changing course timetables between each semester and their understanding of the importance of constant learning within this workplace. I can’t imagine how differently my studies would have played out, had I not sought an apprenticeship for the remainder of my degree with National Highways.


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