Zoe climbs construction ranks at E G Carter

23-year-old Zoe Bartholomew, from Gloucester, is a Management Trainee within the E G Carter & Co Ltd Partnership Housing Team, who successfully achieved her BTEC in Construction with GC; progressing on to the HNC in Construction and the Built Environment, which she will complete this summer.

Zoe said: “In 2014 I started my surveying apprenticeship with E G Carter & Co Ltd. For one day a week I attended Gloucestershire College to learn the theory of construction and quantity surveying. For the first two years I completed my BTEC and successfully achieved a distinction star. Then I started my HNC in September 2016 and am currently predicted to get a distinction.”

Throughout her four-year training programme, Zoe’s role and responsibilities have continued to grow. Starting as an office junior, she shadowed a company manager to develop a general understanding of what the company does and how the Partnership Housing Team works.

She said: “Initially I was primarily observing the day-to-day way of life within the team, undertaking basic tasks in the role of an assistant. I was able to spend a little time on-site, which enabled me to better understand the processes which contribute to the projects we deliver. As my knowledge grew with experience I was given more and more of an active role, taking the lead with certain elements of a project. The responsibilities I have include placing sub-contract orders, measuring work and monitoring progress, processing payments for sub-contractors and suppliers, and more recently chairing our internal review meetings.”

Now Zoe provides assistance to a Senior Surveyor, whilst beginning to undertake surveying duties on her own project, with supervision.

She said: “I believe that my role as a female within the construction industry is something that myself and the company is proud of. This is something that I would like to help roll out, so that the modern construction industry can help influence woman to carve out a successful construction career.

“As well as being a female within the industry, I am open to new ways of learning and help spread my knowledge with other members of the team. An example of this is sitting with our PR department and explaining some of the technical jargon within construction. This then makes it easier for our PR Coordinator to understand the technical aspects of our projects.”

Zoe is also an active member of E G Carter’s future apprenticeship programme and attends local careers fairs to inspire the next generation.

She said: “I feel that if potential apprentices meet someone going through the process it allows them to ask the questions that they may not necessarily be able to ask the employer. The apprenticeship has helped me grow in confidence; I am positive that I will become a successful quantity surveyor.”

Thanks to E G Carter for sharing Zoe’s story.

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