In 2015 I was recruited directly from finishing school at 19 onto the Building Futures scheme. Watching my parents build their own home made me realise the reward and satisfaction gained from constructing a new home and sparked my interest in construction and development as a possible career.
Prior to the Building Futures scheme, I was studying a triple Business Credited BTEC course at college. I found out about the scheme whilst at college and eagerly jumped at the opportunity to earn whilst learning. Over the past 2 years with Berkeley I have learnt a lot about construction and the industry. The Building Futures scheme offered me an insight into every aspect of the business, an amazing opportunity for anyone looking for a career in this industry. Over 9 months I rotated between 9 departments, from Land to Customer Services, gaining invaluable experience. This also allowed me to make an informed decision about which area of the business I most wanted to pursue. For me, this was the build side of the business.
The Building Futures scheme has also given me the opportunity to study Construction Management at London Southbank University part time whilst training as a Site Manager, this made me feel highly valued as an employee as Berkeley were investing in my future.
I currently have 4 years left on my university course and by the time I complete my course I hope to be fully qualified as a Site Manager. I would highly recommend the Building Futures scheme to anyone looking to get into a business with unlimited opportunity, within a variety of departments. To anyone who is fortunate enough to get a place on this fantastic scheme, I would advise to go into every department with an open mind, take the opportunity to learn as much as you can and set yourself professional goals and targets. The support and guidance I have been given from employees at Berkeley Homes has been incredible in helping me achieve my goals and aspirations.