One organisation that is dedicated to offering comprehensive training to graduates is cost and project management consultancy Faithful+Gould, based in Stoke.
By actively encouraging graduates to attend the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) technical meetings, Faithful+Gould directors ensure that all new employees are supported through structured training which can result in chartered status.
One such graduate who began his career with Faithful+Gould is Richard Egginton.
Richard, 27, from Newcastle-Under-Lyme, is now a chartered quantity surveyor after following Faithful+Gould’s competence training programme. He is just one of the company’s young professionals who is carving out a promising career for himself with an organisation that boasts global status.
"What is particularly beneficial about working for a world-wide firm is the variety of tasks I undertake on a daily basis," said Richard.
"No working week is ever the same and I can be on site at a project in Staffordshire one day or heading south for a business meeting the next. I joined Faithful+Gould in 2001 and was immediately impressed with the training structure. It meant that as well as getting plenty of hands-on experience I was also furthering my own development by studying to become chartered."
Richard agrees that making informed career choices at school can be difficult especially when you don’t know what route you want to take. He adds: "My school steered me in the direction of construction after I completed a psychometric test which highlighted that I had a flair for numbers and multi-tasking. I went on to study a BSc in Quantity Surveying, which was a three year full time course at Staffordshire University, and from there I joined Faithful+Gould.
"I would advise youngsters thinking of a career in construction that there are many different disciplines that can be pursued, such as architecture, engineering, surveying and project management, and if you join the right company the sky really can be the limit."