The Leeds office of international project management and cost consultants, Faithful+Gould, is celebrating the success of its latest student placement road shows. They have resulted in three trainee building surveyors becoming the latest additions to its ranks.
Having fostered excellent relationships with universities including Leeds Metropolitan University and Sheffield Hallam University, the last month has seen Faithful+Gould's team undertaking mini road shows to give Yorkshire’s budding building surveyors information on year placement schemes.
Dazzling the students with the chance to get their hands dirty on major projects being undertaken the length and breadth of the country, Jack Richardson from Northumbria University and Richard Bates and Darren Eastwood from Leeds Metropolitan University are the latest students to be accepted onto the popular yearly intake.
Phil Thwaite, associate director of Faithful+Gould – who was Faithful+Gould’s first building surveying placement student in Leeds in 1997 - said:
"The standard of applicants from the various universities has been extremely high but these three students have all demonstrated real determination to succeed as well as inventiveness in the way that they approach their work. Academic performance is important but so is getting people who are team players and are excited by the possibilities that this year will do for their career.
"Whilst my training saw me undertake a wide variety of activities across many areas of the business, the programmes and our team have come a long way since then. Building Surveying is now a major part of our business, with over 120 surveyors nationwide, we are one of the fastest growing teams in the UK.
"The opportunities Faithful+Gould offers within our building surveying team really are outstanding and the students definitely have to hit the ground running. Not only do they experience a diverse workload on live projects - including party wall dilapidations, which are seen as the ultimate experience to have on your CV when you are training - but they will be in the fortunate position of working on major schemes across the UK."
This is the third year that Faithful+Gould has undertaken university road shows and they have proved so successful that the tactical model is being rolled out to other offices within the group for building surveying recruitment.