Our recent management apprentice Jack Franklin loves the fast pace of live projects

I joined Hodgson Sayers last year as a management apprentice and I am currently studying for a BTEC level three diploma in management at Derwentside College.

Alongside, Ashley Dickie, we are the first cohort of management apprentices to join the company outside of the traditional trades and admin roles.

This particular route appealed to me as I get to work across all areas of the business with the opportunity to pursue the one I am most suited to.

Having worked closely with contracts manager, Dave Wakenshaw, on a number of projects, this is an area of the business that I really enjoy. Indeed, I have had the opportunity to work on my first live project alongside Dave at Newcastle University.

Having only been at Hodgson Sayers for eight months, it is a real chance for me to not only be involved but take responsibility for the invoicing, weekly reporting and survey reports. Working on a live project is exciting as everything is fluid and there are always challenges and hurdles to overcome. Project work has also increased my knowledge of the different roof types from slate to flat roofing.

The variety and fast-paced nature of being a contracts manager is something that really excites me.

I have also had the chance to work alongside our BIM and ERP specialist, Kin Ma, and it is fascinating to see how, by using the BIM model, that the site specifications can be shared with the client and each stage of the work viewed and assessed.

After I complete my BTEC level 3 diploma the next step is to progress to a level 5 diploma before I look to embark on a management degree.

There will be a lot of studying ahead of me but I am gaining fantastic experience and working within a very supportive environment.