Faithful+Gould Offer a Bright Future for Building Surveying

Ollie Connew
There is no reason why my story here at Faithful+Gould can’t be your story. Apply for the Graduate Development Programme today and allow yourself to flourish into the professional you want to become.

I graduated from Sheffield Hallam with an undergraduate degree in Building Surveying in 2013 and started working for Faithful+Gould soon afterwards on the Graduate Development Programme. Targets were set by Faithful+Gould from the beginning, signing a structured training agreement and attending an Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) workshop offering a clear path to the attainment of Chartership with my chosen professional body, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The first major project I managed was the refurbishment of a 12 storey further education building in Sheffield.

I was supported in my goal to reach membership of the RICS immediately and was allocated a supervisor and counsellor. My line manager was also very helpful, ensuring that my workload offered me varied experience in order to fulfil the different competencies for the building surveying pathway. The first major project I managed was the refurbishment of a 12 storey further education building in Sheffield. This project was a fantastic success and I learned a lot during the process. The skills learned during this initial exposure to contract administration and project management gave me the confidence to complete the refurbishment of six care homes across the country for a leading national provider. One of which provided me with my APC case study project. 

In the summer of 2015 following the completion of the aforementioned refurbishment project in Sheffield, I was nominated by Faithful+Gould for the RICS Young Surveyor of the Year Awards. I was then shortlisted by the RICS into the final 10 building surveyors nationally and attended the award ceremony in London. Although I didn’t win, getting this recognition from Faithful+Gould at this early stage helped my confidence enormously.

During my time as a Graduate Building Surveyor, in order for me to pursue experience in Fire Risk Assessing and Asbestos Works Delivery, I was given additional training regarding health & safety and fire safety. Following this NEBOSH training and after two years’ experience, I became an Associate member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (AIOSH) in December of 2015. This enabled me to confidently manage asbestos works delivery and complete technical fire risk assessments on varying property types including banks, residential care homes and even fire stations!

I was nominated by Faithful+Gould for the RICS Young Surveyor of the Year Awards.

Just over three years after joining Faithful+Gould, in November 2016, I achieved full membership with the RICS and I am now proud to be a Chartered Building Surveyor (MRICS). I have also very recently been promoted to Senior Building Surveyor and now support graduate, assistant and trainee building surveyors in their goals and with their day-to-day work.

Most recently I have been operating as the NEC Supervisor for a c.£21m new build teaching facility in Doncaster. I couldn’t have imagined doing this role when I started at Faithful+Gould but through gaining varied experience and learning through the APC process I now feel confident in the role and very much enjoying work.