Abha Shrestha is enjoying her apprenticeship in quantity surveying as she works onsite at Lexicon, a development from Fairview New Homes that is taking shape in Harrow-on-the-Hill.
24-year-old Abha spends four days a week onsite, with the fifth day spent at Westminster Kingsway College, and she finds the balance between study and work experience perfect for her ambitions in qualifications and career.
One of four apprentices currently onsite at the development, she says: “I am having a fantastic experience so far with Fairview and am so pleased that I have been assigned to a development which is close to home. Being on site four days a week provides me with the opportunity to absorb all the daily tasks such as emailing orders and researching price comparisons, while my supervisor Patrick has been so helpful in sitting down and talking me through each process of the job.
“Patrick has been a hugely supportive influence during my time here and I have had no issues whatsoever integrating myself as part of the team in Harrow.”
Abha is keen to encourage other woman to consider the same career ambitions, combining study and working onsite in the construction industry.
“I feel as though I have learned a lot in such a short space of time, and the onsite knowledge I am gaining each day is invaluable in my progression as a quantity surveyor. I find the job itself to be very interesting and the staff at Fairview make the experience so much more enjoyable because they are inclusive and make me feel like part of the team already.”
Stephen Brown, building director at Fairview, also hopes the company’s approach to apprenticeships will attract more young people, and a higher proportion of women, to these essential skilled roles.
He says: “Apprenticeship schemes play a vital role in recruiting and training young people for skilled jobs in the construction industry and have proved to be the route to the top for several members of our workforce. Abha has been a credit to herself since she joined the team at Lexicon, and with such high demand for new housing in the capital, it is essential that we encourage more women like her to choose a career in the construction industry.”