8th February 2021

National Apprenticeship Week 2021: Introducing Alex O'Shea

We are proud to support National Apprenticeship Week, from 8th – 14th February. Here we talk to Apprentice Estimator, Alex O'Shea, who shares more about his role and why he chose an apprenticeship route in construction with us.

Today marks the start of National Apprenticeship Week. We are using the occasion to celebrate the diversity of opportunities and the value that apprenticeships bring.

The theme this year couldn’t be more appropriate for the construction industry – Building the future.

To kickstart National Apprenticeship Week we meet some of our current trainees who talk about their role at Sir Robert McAlpine, what qualifications they are working towards and why they chose an apprenticeship route into construction.


Introducing Alex O’Shea, Apprentice Estimator

Alex joined Sir Robert McAlpine a year ago as an apprentice construction estimator whose daily tasks include lots of collaborative working; attending commercial meetings, pricing aspects of construction, interfacing with sub-contractors and preparing works packages.

Over the last year, Alex has worked on numerous projects, some of which include state of the art university accommodation and highly sophisticated research and science facilities. All whilst studying towards a Quantity Surveying degree part time at London Southbank University!

He's currently working on a tender for the second phase of works for an outstanding regeneration mixed-use development at the heart of Reading which is set to revitalise the area.

Alex chose an apprenticeship route with Sir Robert McAlpine as he wanted to go straight into a professional workplace rather than doing a typical University led course. He prefers gaining the hands on experience the apprenticeship gives, allowing him to study part time too.

Watch the video below to find out more about Alex and his role.

Alex O'Shea, Apprentice Estimator

When asked what advice he would give to those considering an apprenticeship, Alex said:

To those considering an apprenticeship I would definitely say that this is a fantastic way of both learning and exploring your future career, whilst getting stuck in with work and hands on, invaluable experience.

Alex O'Shea Apprentice Estimator

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