OAG has been offering apprenticeship schemes for a number of years, helping us to future proof our workforce, by providing the skills and knowledge we need and ensuring we have the right talent now and in the future.
Below are some stories from just a few of our apprentices. Please keep an eye on our vacancies page for updates on the scheme over the coming months and how to apply.
After I graduated in 2005, I joined OAG’s graduate/apprentice scheme. I liked the fact that I would have the opportunity to work across different parts of the business before committing to a specific role.
During the first year, I spent time in each of the main disciplines; estimating, design, project management and commercial management.
I chose to remain in the commercial team and was supported by OAG to undertake a postgraduate course in Quantity Surveying, which I did one day per week over the following 2 years.
I briefly left OAG to work for two international façade companies, but returned in 2017 in a project management role. I am now one of their Operations Directors, with responsibility for a number of our projects of varying size and complexity.
The graduate apprenticeship scheme is a great way to begin your career. With exposure to each part of the business from the start, I feel lucky to know how each function operates and how they can work together to deliver the best for our clients.
I spent 2-3 months in each part of the business. Whilst with the project management team, I got to work on London Bridge Station. I really enjoyed being on site and knew that this was what I wanted to do.
OAG supported me to complete my MSc in Project Management. Since then, I’ve progressed from trainee project manager to assistant and have recently been promoted to project manager.
As well as London Bridge Station, I’ve also had the opportunity to work on some other iconic buildings across London, including 22 Bishopsgate, Elephant Park and Woolwich Works. For the larger and more complex projects, I work with experienced project managers. For some of the smaller projects, I get to project manage these on my own, but know that there is lots of support around to help if needed.
I am looking forward to building my skills further at OAG.
I’ve always had an interest in construction but wasn’t sure exactly what type of role I might like to do.
When I saw the OAG advert about the apprenticeship scheme they run, it felt like the perfect opportunity for me to get experience across all the main elements of a construction business, before choosing an area of focus.
I chose to join the commercial team as trainee quantity surveyor, assisting day-to-day on a number of projects. I’m also managing my own project at the moment, with support from one of our more experienced quantity surveyors.
As well as working at OAG, I’m also studying for an MSc in Construction Cost Management. I hope to qualify in the summer and will then work towards Chartered status with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Every day is different. I enjoy the challenge of the role and feel like I’m constantly learning.