Krista Edwards, assistant quantity surveyorKrista joined VGC in 2018. She is currently taking a degree apprenticeship at London South Bank university, funded by VGC.

When Krista joined VGC in March 2018, she had no previous experience in the industry. She had been working in project management and administration in the catering trade, and had just gained her Prince 2 practitioner status.

Originally Krista’s role was covering maternity leave for the project team’s operations administrator.

As she learned more about the industry, she began taking on more responsibilities. She became increasingly interested in the commercial side of the business. While supporting the commercial team with various administrative duties, she shadowed various roles. After she gained her CSCS card, she spent time on VGC civil engineering project sites, where she could see works at first-hand.

When she decided that she wanted to pursue a career as a quantity surveyor, VGC agreed to fund her qualifications.

She is now an assistant quantity surveyor, studying part-time at London South Bank university. She hopes to gain her Construction Quantity Surveying Technician HNC qualification by 2022, and then progress onto a BSc (Hons) Commercial Management (Quantity Surveying).

Thames Valley park and ride car park
Krista has worked on the successful Thames Valley park and ride project.

“I have really enjoyed expanding my knowledge and responsibilities within VGC, and I am passionate and committed in pursuing my long‐term career as a quantity surveyor.

“The project team has been very supportive of my ambitions, and I have learned a lot from them.

“I am very grateful that VGC has given me the opportunity to gain a qualification while I work.”

Apprenticeships give people the chance to learn while they earn, and are part of the technical training element of the VGC Academy programme. As a member of The 5% Club, VGC commits to having at least five percent of our people in apprenticeships.