Bally’s story: From apprentice to trainee quantity surveyor

11 December 2017

Bally Gill, ISG Temperate House Kew Gardens - apprentice

Bally Gill has swapped the food aisles of Marks and Spencer for a career in construction via the K10 apprenticeship scheme supporting ISG.

Bally has been profiled on the K10 website – a London-based construction skills network which aims to place apprentices in the industry.

In the interview, Bally stressed how influential his apprenticeship has been in helping him find his dream job.

“During my apprenticeship, I was able to develop the skills I had already as well as gain new ones, such as my speaking and negotiating with clients and contractors and improving day to day organisational skills,” he said.

“I was able to find a clear path from my daily activities and discover what it was I wanted to do with my future as well as gain formal qualifications.”

Bally completed his apprenticeship on ISG’s iconic Kew Gardens Temperate House project; a huge restoration scheme on the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse, before gaining full-time employment as a trainee quantity surveyor.

“Working with ISG was a really great experience for me,” Bally said.

“I went in doing a business administration apprenticeship and after two months of being on site I was assisting the quantity surveyors on a regular basis.”

Temperate House is due to re-open to the public in May 2018.

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