My Apprenticeship Journey: Will Strickland04/02/2022
Today we are speaking to Will Strickland, who works as a Quantity Surveyor in RSS Infrastructure‘s busy Commercial Department.
We’re catching up with our apprentices across the Group as part of National Apprenticeship Week to learn more about them, their progress, and their future goals.
Hello Will Strickland, what were you doing before you started working at RSS Infrastructure?
I studied journalism at Manchester Metropolitan University before joining RSS Infrastructure (RSSI). I worked at RSSI during the summers in a variety of departments, including resourcing and finance. Before that I took a gap year before starting university and served as the student president at New College Telford.
Have you ever worked in the rail/civils sectors before working at RSS Infrastructure?
I previously worked at Sky Blue for six months before beginning my university studies. This was as a member of the Payroll Department.
What is your job role and responsibilities at RSS Infrastructure?
As a Quantity Surveyor, I am currently one of three members of the Commercial Department. Most of the time, the role entails seeing projects through their full lifecycle.
Reviewing and developing operational processes to optimise performance and maximise growth are among my responsibilities. Collaboration with other departments to generate accurate and consistent bids and proposals. I am also involved in implementing the organisation ’s strategic plan and aligning projects with required goals such as achieved margin.
Managing risk assessments for new initiatives is another component. I am involved in all stages of the construction, manage change, negotiate contracts, and work schedules, and assign tasks to subcontractors and oversee their work.
During construction, I also perform risk, value management, and cost control, as well as cost/value reconciliation and application submissions.
What are your future plans, and how will working at RSS Infrastructure help you achieve them?
I’d like to use my education and experience to advance to a senior position in commercial management. At a certain point in my career, I would like to become a commercial director. As an individual, I spent a lot of time at RSSI juggling university and work. While it was a difficult time, it pushed me to achieve higher standards, developed my time management skills, and allowed me to show my employers that I was capable.
Thanks to Will for taking some time to tell us about his apprenticeship journey so far.
About National Apprenticeship Week 2022
National Apprenticeship Week 2022, the 15th annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships, will take place from February 7th to February 13th, 2022.
The week brings together employers and apprentices from throughout the country to showcase the benefits of apprenticeships for individuals, businesses, and the whole economy.
For more information about National Apprenticeship Week, please visit: www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/