Nottinghamshire female surveyors climb the construction ladder with higher qualifications
Two ambitious female employees for developer Rippon Homes, both of whom are from Nottinghamshire, have undertaken further education qualifications in quantity surveying in a bid to enhance their knowledge of the industry.
Junior Quantity Surveyor Sarah Morris, 25, will begin the second year of her Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction and the Built Environment in September, while Trainee Quantity Surveyor Georgia Higham, 23, will start her first year of the course during the same month.
Sarah, who lives in Nottingham and has been with Rippon since May of this year, before which she worked as a Contracts Administrator for another housebuilder, is completing her studies at Vision West Nottinghamshire College in Mansfield.
“I really enjoy working within the construction industry,” she explains, “and this qualification will help to open more doors for me from a career perspective.
“Not only that, but the experience is helping to enhance my knowledge of the sector across the board.”
The two-year course covers a wide range of areas related to the construction industry, including construction law, management, materials and technology.
“So far, what I have enjoyed the most is learning about construction technology, while the biggest challenge I have faced is getting back into the swing of academic writing, as I haven’t been in education since completing my A-Levels,” Sarah continues.
“I’m very grateful to Rippon, who have kindly sponsored me for the course, and my day release on Fridays means I have easily adapted to balancing my work responsibilities and my studies.
“I would thoroughly recommend studying at Vision as the staff are very helpful and attentive to your learning requirements.”
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys watching Formula 1 and spending time with her family.
Living near to Mansfield, Georgia joined Rippon in February 2018 as part of the sales team.
Having spent a year learning about the home styles, build programmes and more, she took the opportunity to join the commercial team as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor, and is now preparing to carry out her studies at The Roundhouse in Derby.
“While the HNC helps create several different paths, my main interest is in pursuing my career as a quantity surveyor within the commercial department,” said Georgia.
“There’s plenty to get involved in, as well as lots to learn, and I have always wanted a structured career that is both highly regarded and secure.
“The course will see me covering a wide variety of different aspects surrounding the sector, such as science and materials, construction management, specifications of plans and measurement, and setting out.
“This will enable me to become much more involved in Rippon’s existing and upcoming developments.
“I am enthusiastic to learn as much as I can about the construction industry, achieve this qualification, and come out of the HNC with the tools to become an experienced and knowledgeable quantity surveyor.”
Georgia’s course will also last for a period of two years, and she will attend college on day release each week.
“To other women who are eager to pursue a career in the construction industry, I would urge them to just go for it.
“The 21st century has seen people embracing equality between men and women more and more, and what were traditionally viewed as ‘male jobs’ are seeing more female workers learning and applying for them.”
When she’s not working or studying, Georgia likes to go on walks with her dog and visit new places, both in the UK and abroad.
Ian Dyke, Managing Director for Rippon Homes, said: “We are incredibly proud of Sarah and Georgia for taking on this qualification, and are pleased to see them both realising their potential.
“Completing the HNC will really help the both of them to further their knowledge of, and development within, the industry, and it’s great to see them taking on this challenge with the drive and commitment that has led to our success as a business.
“On behalf of everyone at Rippon, I would like to wish Sarah and Georgia the very best of luck in their studies.”
For more information on Rippon Homes, visit www.ripponhomes.co.uk.