Scott Duff - Trainee Quantity Surveyor, Robertson

Wednesday, 13th March 2019

Scott Duff, 28 from Dingwall, is approaching his fourth year with Robertson Construction.

His role involves assisting the senior Quantity Surveryors with day to day activities, these include remeasuring works, valuating sub-contractors monthly applications for payment, procuring work packages, compiling and issuing subcontract orders, contract admin and internal monthly reporting.

Through his employer, Scott has been able to access internal training such as health & safety through the E-Academy Training Centre, which offers access to over 1000 courses, and he has attended continued professional development talks. He believes that Robertson Construction are very helpful, saying:  "Yes, there is a lot of support, there are many different departments covering all support that may be required. I find all my colleagues and management to be very supportive."

Scott told us: "The skills that are most important would be communication, people skills, working as part of a team, problem solving, numeracy and having initiative."

Scott has enjoyed being able to work and learn in the Highlands, saying he has worked on and visited projects in Inverness, Fort William, Skye, Ullapool, Golspie, Tain and Elgin! "Yes I enjoy the Highlands, there is a variety of different construction projects covering a large geographical area so you are visiting different places and meeting new people constantly.

Over this time Scott has gained an A in HNC in Quantity Surveying at Inverness College, and is currently in his 4th year on a BSC Quantity Surveying course at Glasgow Caledonia University. His goal is to eventually gain a degree in Quantity Surverying and progress up the ladder.

Scott wasn't always focused on become a Quantity Surveyor though, "Originally, I gained a HNC in accounting then took a few years out which included going travelling for 6 months." His advice to those considering Apprenticeships was "You have your whole career ahead of you so there is no rush to choose a job. You may want to see what is involved in a few different areas of work such!"