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An apprentice answers questions about his work

Prince Amponsah is a Commercial Management Trainee at The Wates Group, one of the largest privately-owned construction, development and property services companies in the UK. He went to school in Hackney and studied Maths, Economics and Physics at A-Level.

Here he answers questions about his work.

What path did you take to get to your current position?

I studied A-Levels at Sixth Form and applied to the Quantity Surveying Site Management apprenticeship programme whilst studying.

How many jobs have you had, and can you name them?

I haven’t had any official jobs, so this is my first one! I’ve done work experience with the Civil Service and Octopus Investments.

What school subjects link to your career?

All of them!

A typical day in your current role looks like:

Checking survey drawings, organising instructions and writing instructions

What skills do you use daily that you learnt at school?

One of the skills that I use daily is problem solving. In all the subjects that I did at school, there was always an element of problem solving- whether it was to find an answer to an equation or to find solutions to case studies regarding economics. I also learnt how to evaluate my work to make sure that the work I produce is improving. By using the problem-solving skills, I developed in school, I can use that daily by constantly evaluating my work to make sure that it is of the best standard and making sure my colleagues understand the work I’ve presented to them. I use my problem-solving skills by finding solutions to the mistakes that I may make in my work and by finding better ways to organise the instructions I deal with and the survey drawings I inspect.

What is the number #1 piece of advice you’ve been given that helped you with your career choice?

The best advice that I have received is to remain humble; by remaining humble, I am able to learn about what each person in my team does and how they fulfil their roles in Wates. In addition, it has also helped me to learn about the different thing I am expected to do at my time with Wates, which has allowed me to develop quickly in a short period of time.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Five years from now, I expect to have a deeper understanding in the dynamic construction industry and to be a quantity surveyor that is knowledgeable and experienced in different roles.

If you could have done anything differently on your career journey, what would it be?

Nothing!

Why do you love you job?

I love my job as there are always new opportunities to learn new skills and to become knowledgeable in different fields. This means that no day is the same and I can always expect to do something new and exciting.

One of my favourite black historical influencers is Kwame Nkrumah. This is because he realised the importance of education, which influenced him to make education free and compulsory in Ghana. This meant that children didn’t have to work from a very young age and they had a chance to secure jobs in the future, which is part of the reason why Ghana’s GDP has grown over the years.

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