Stories: Apprenticeship Completed

Laura Wood our Assistant Quantity Surveyor

Written by John Prydderch on November 8th 2022

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Exyte Hargreaves first launched our Engineering Young Talent Programme (EYTP) in 2014. Hargreaves would visit schools in the local area to try an unearth the next generation of engineering talent. One of the successful candidates from that scheme is Laura Wood. This year becoming the youngest employee to complete our Apprenticeship scheme at the age of 19 years old.

Hinkley Point C

Our Survey-or Says

The scale of Laura’s achievement can’t be underestimated. After undertaking her HNC (Level 4) in January 2020, like many students her education was hugely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Working and learning remotely in front of a screen was a difficult adjustment but she was ultimately successful.

Project Life

During her apprenticeship, Laura spent time in the Commercial and Manufacturing teams as part of her course rotations. This led to her first taste of project work on Keadby, however the outbreak of Coronavirus led to the involvement curtailing.

Most recently, Laura has joined the project team at Hinkley Point C.

“My dad works in construction and I’d always been interested in Maths and Science at school. After meeting the Commercial Managers from Hargreaves and reading about the vacancy, the career path to become a QS matched the skills I had and was interested in building. I remember collecting my Hargreaves contract from the Science & Industry Museum which was a really nice experience.”

Laura Wood

Assistant Quantity Surveyor

professional qualification

A well earned rest?

Not exactly. Laura has agreed a four-year development plan with her line manager and is into the first few weeks of a university course. She’s now studying a 3-year BSc in Quantity Surveying. After her recent promotion to Assistant Quantity Surveyor, once Laura completes her course in 2025 she will also achieve her professional qualification and RICS Chartership. Laura’s journey is certainly impressive and it’s testament to her potential that she has chosen to put her trust in a vocational route. Her progress is clear to see and Laura herself feels she’s now looking at projects differently and analysing how they affect Hargreaves commercially. Best of luck with the rest of your course Laura.

Start your career with Exyte Hargreaves

Our newly released roles include a Quantity Surveyor for our Projects team. To enquire about any of our active vacancies please visit our Careers page or contact

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