Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2023 – meet Robin Dunbar,
Quantity Surveyor at Wills Bros, Former Quantity Surveying Degree Apprentice.
What interested you in working in construction?
My entry into construction was initially through a builder’s merchant, where I provided civil and building materials to a wide range of projects. I dealt with a range of individuals working in different roles within construction, such as, estimators, buyers, project managers. It was here, where I found out about the role of a quantity surveyor. The type of work, skills and personal characteristics required for the role related to me, so I begun an HNC part time. After having completed this, I found an opportunity to continue studying and working on the role I was studying for in tandem.
What is are the biggest advantages of working and studying at the same time?
I found this beneficial, as I was able to put the theoretical learning into practical application, and this let me gain a deeper understanding of the subject. I could also lean on the experience of my work colleagues to help further my understanding. This form of modern learning was really beneficial as it allowed me to gain role related experience ahead of finishing my degree. On completion of my course, it meant I had years of work experience coupled with my qualification.
I was able to put the theoretical learning into practical application, and this let me gain a deeper understanding of the subject.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of working as a Quantity Surveyor is being a part of the construction team involved in delivering projects within budget that serve the communities in which they are built and form a part of long lasting infrastructure.