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Joe Rose
Trainee Quantity Surveyor

What drew you to the construction industry?


Since an early age, I have always been interested in the construction of buildings. Alongside this, Maths was always my favourite subject at school.

With this combination, somebody once suggested quantity surveying as a career. From researching this further, it felt like the career for me. I explored multiple options and began an apprenticeship with Stace in 2016 and I have never looked back.


How have you found the apprenticeship route for quantity surveying?


I am currently a Trainee, studying at university one day a week and working 4 days a week with Stace.
I have found that you learn just as much, or more from the experience you gain whilst in the role.

The one day a week at university provides the theory and studies for quantity surveying. Then by being enrolled onto an apprenticeship I am able to apply this learning the very next day.


How have you found the GDS, and where have you been able to apply this to your day-to-day role?


The GDS provides a wide range of knowledge not just on my specific role, but the multiple roles and services provided by Stace.

We are fortunate to get knowledge and training that’s relative for quantity surveying, project management, building surveying, health & safety and monitoring surveying.

The knowledge gained has made me feel so much more confident in my day-to-day role and this is down to the invaluable training provided in the GDS.

To be successful as a quantity surveyor, it is critical that I have a strong level of contract law knowledge. The GDS delivers workshops on this topic which has improved my understanding.


… by being enrolled onto an apprenticeship I am able to apply this learning the very next day.

What do you enjoy most about working for Stace?


The best thing about working for Stace is that everybody is an equal valued member of the team. I think that is really important from a trainee’s perspective that everybody is treated the same.

Everyone wants you to succeed and Stace provides the opportunity for all of us to develop our careers and reach our ambitions.


Eleanor Flavell
Project Manager
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