Apprenticeship stories: Brandon Snary and Ollie Farmer

Mi-space (Oakfield’s construction partner) has employed two apprentices, Ollie Farmer and Brandon Snary, to work at Oakfield. Ollie is a trainee quantity surveyor doing a degree apprenticeship and Brandon is a trainee site manager doing a higher apprenticeship; their study is funded through the Apprenticeship Levy.

Ollie and Brandon tell us more about their experience of their apprenticeships so far: 

What attracted you to the apprenticeship?

Ollie: I noticed Midas’ commitment to trainees, by providing them with lots of development opportunities, was very attractive compared to other companies. They give you a sense that they would look after you in the future.

Brandon: I agree. They focus on training people up on their ‘Launch’ trainee programme for you to stay long-term.

What is your day-to-day life like as an apprentice and what skills have you developed?

Brandon: Being an apprentice is fun. We have a close-knit team on site – even with the social distancing! There doesn’t feel like a hierarchy as everyone is so approachable and we can ask as many questions as we need to. I’m a visual learner so find it’s much easier to see the work being done in front of me. We learn as we go but also have a laugh along the way. I got stuck in the mud yesterday which was hilarious!

How will your apprenticeship have benefited you in the future?

Ollie: By doing the degree-apprenticeship I will be able to move up in terms of job role, but also focus on my personal development.

Brandon: You get a good sense of achievement when you work up through the job levels. I could work up to a site manager or a project manager.

What’s been your best day or moment since starting?

Ollie: Everyday!

Brandon: I love the sense of achievement which I get every day.

What recommendations would you give to someone looking at applying for an apprenticeship?

Brandon: Go for it! I was nervous at first as I felt that I didn’t have the best grades, but I have worked on them to get the grades I needed to keep it all going.

Ollie: If you’re considering doing these courses at college – you get paid for doing an apprenticeship and get hands on experience. It’s a win-win.