Apprenticeship insight – Caitlin Talbot, Quantity Surveyor

Bailey Partnership

Bailey Partnership is proud to employ a number of apprentices across the practice. Today we are speaking with Caitlin Talbot, who gives an insight into her apprenticeship with our Plymouth office and is an excellent ambassador for promoting apprenticeship opportunities to other young people.

1. What is your role and what course are you studying for?

I am an Apprentice Quantity Surveyor at Bailey Partnership and currently completing the third year of my degree apprenticeship with The University College of Estate Management (UCEM). Upon completing four years of study, I will achieve a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Survey. In my fifth year I will prepare to take an Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and should I be successful, I will become a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with the RICS.

2. Why did you apply for this apprenticeship?

Upon leaving sixth form, my future career was very uncertain. Especially after the several lockdowns and outbreaks of Covid-19, my school experience was very disrupted, and I left education without any inclination of what I wanted to pursue. It wasn’t until a family friend at the practice (Paul Chapple) enlightened me about the several apprenticeship opportunities Bailey Partnership had to offer, that I considered Quantity Surveying as a profession. After research and a visit to the office, I was certain that the apprenticeship was an opportunity that I was going to take. The multidisciplinary aspect of the partnership, as well as the career opportunities that Quantity Surveying had to offer, are only two examples of why I applied for the position.

3. How has Bailey Partnership helped you with your career so far?

Since the day I started at Bailey Partnership, I have been offered endless support and guidance on how to progress through my career. Whether that be frequent one-to-ones with my line manager, allowing flexibility in my study days, frequent training, CPD sessions, or being surrounded daily by such knowledgeable colleagues, I have witnessed such a progression in my confidence to navigate the work environment and industry independently. Within my discipline, I have received endless support and guidance surrounding my university work and daily Quantity Surveying tasks, which has been invaluable to my journey over the past two and a half years.

4. What are your future goals and where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years time?

My career is very much in its youth, so the thought of my future in the industry is a very exciting one. In the near future, my primary goal is to become a Chartered Quantity Surveyor by the age of 23. In the following years, I aspire to make as much of an impact on the industry as possible and educate others on the subjects that I am most passionate about, including assisting young talent in the industry, reaching NetZero ambitions, and becoming an advocate for women in construction. While working my way up to a managerial position in the company, I will focus on strengthening my experience and knowledge, not only to benefit myself but to benefit the partnership. A long-term ambition of mine would be to become a Partner of the practice, implementing my passion, knowledge, and lessons learned into the everyday running of Bailey Partnership.

5. What tips would you give to other people considering an apprenticeship?

Whenever I am asked this question, I typically reply ‘Do it!’, as I think that in a nutshell, covers everything I need to say. In all, applying for the apprenticeship was the best thing I ever did for myself. During school, from my own experience, there is so much pressure placed on students to go to university, and progress in a career that way. Although sometimes the necessary route, for me, if I had gone straight to university, I would have only been delaying my professional progression, and pursuing a subject that I did not know how to take further. By taking the apprenticeship and being surrounded by experts in their field, I have progressed professionally and developed essential employability skills. Additionally, working and undertaking complex tasks daily on active projects has aided the degree aspect of the process enormously. Apprenticeships are such incredible opportunities that everyone should consider taking.