Case study: Dalton Brown, trainee QS at ASW Property Services
Dalton Brown started his career in construction as a Cyfle Building Skills apprentice before being hired as trainee quantity surveyor with ASW Property Services.
He is currently on the second year of a 3-year HND at Trinity Saint David University, having previously completed a 2-year BTEC at Neath College. When he finishes his HND, he aims to go on to complete a degree and become a fully qualified quantity surveyor.
Dalton had long held an interest in working within the construction industry, and says he decided to become an apprentice as the best way to gain practical knowledge and experience in the role that was of the most interest to him – quantity surveying.
A native of the Glynneath area, Dalton attended Llangatwg Comprehensive School before moving on to Neath College, where he heard about the technical apprentice scheme through his college lecturer.
He is currently working with ASW Property Services, where he has received enormous support and encouragement – particularly, Dalton notes, from quantity surveyor, Cory Ashby.
“Through my apprenticeship with ASW, I have had massive help off Cory Ashby, who is a fully qualified quantity surveyor. He has not only helped me in my work but has also been a huge help with my university studies,” Dalton said.
Dalton looks forward to the time when he too is fully qualified and hopes to progress within ASW Property Services as he gains more knowledge and experience.
“In the future, I hope to progress up the ladder with ASW and become a full-time Quantity Surveyor, with far more experience under my belt. As such, I would advise anyone who gets the opportunity to take the technical apprentice route to grasp it, as it’s a massive stepping-stone towards what you want to become one day. If you put the work in, it’s highly rewarding!”
Anthony Thomas, managing director of ASW Property Services, said:
“We were delighted to have been involved with Cyfle in piloting the Technical Shared Apprentice Scheme back in 2017. The scheme has provided a unique opportunity for the apprentices to gain invaluable experience and knowledge by working across our technical departments with our teams, combining formal studies in college with the real- life experiences of working within the industry.
“It has been very rewarding to see the apprentices develop and continue their education, many are now following a degree course in their chosen career path. This combined with their work experience will provide them with significant opportunities for a very rewarding career and help close the skills gap for these key roles within our industry.”