Meet Annie-May Smith, apprentice construction manager

My interest in the world of construction was ignited after completing my own home extension and watching TV shows like Grand Designs, and I became curious about learning how concrete shells can be transformed into beautiful, fully functioning spaces. Although I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the industry, attending university didn’t appeal to me. I started researching for degree apprenticeships, and ISG’s construction management degree apprenticeship stood out, and I’m thrilled to say that it’s become the perfect route for me. 

The apprenticeship programme with ISG is a five-year commitment, and once I complete the programme, I will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from the University College of Estate Management. I will also receive chartered surveyor status after completing the APC pathway with RICS. I spend four days a week working for ISG on major fit out projects in London, and one day a week studying for my online university course. Unlike full time university, the programme gives me the opportunity to learn and work alongside industry experts, while gaining experience on managing major fit out projects. 

My daily responsibilities include ensuring health and safety is maintained on site, running inductions for new operatives, and tracking the progress of the project. I’ve had the opportunity to manage various projects, including a total of 16 electrical server rooms for a nine-storey commercial building. The project was complex, and after successfully handing over the project to the client, I now have the chance to manage larger projects and sites. 

ISG is a great company to work for. The people are extremely supportive and nurture your learning experience to help you to achieve your goals. They encourage you to deliver and achieve your best every day, for both the company and the people you work with. ISG’s global approach also means you have the opportunity to work in our locations around the world, which really appeals to me. I have no doubt that my experience on ISG’s apprenticeship programme will provide me with the knowledge and expertise to build a successful career in the construction industry.