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Claire Francis

What is your current role and how long have you been at Hampshire County Council?

I am a trainee quantity surveyor. I’ve been at the County Council for a year now.

What are the main responsibilities in your role?

Quantity surveying involves calculating the cost of construction projects such as school buildings and libraries. It involves measuring the architect’s plans to work out the quantities of materials required on projects, and advising other professionals on costs.

What is a typical day for you?

This summer I visited Marnel Primary School development with a senior Quantity Surveyor. The day began with a site meeting with the site manager, architect, engineers and quantity surveyors. I  helped  with the valuation of the site works so that the contractor could be paid for the work he had completed.  
I love going out on the construction sites.  It really helps my practical skills and allows me to have a better understanding of the theory side that I am taught at University.  In the office I can utilise and develop my IT skills using packages such as spreadsheets.

What are the biggest challenges you face in your job?

I’m studying Property Development with Quantity Surveying at Portsmouth University.  Property development covers a whole range of topics including design, economics, law, sustainability and mathematics. The degree is also accredited to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) which means that once in industry you can then work for a minimum of two years to work towards and gain your professional chartership. I enjoy it but it’s hard work.

Why would you recommend a career in Quantity Surveying at Hampshire County Council?

I have been able to establish fantastic links within the industry and my career prospects are very hopeful with a range of course related achievements and experiences on my CV. I plan to work in the industry as a quantity surveyor and take the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and become chartered. You never know what could happen, the possibilities are endless!

Claire Francis

Claire Francis