Personal Stories

Robert Younger Robert Younger
Robert Younger

Hi, I’m Rob! I’ve always wanted to work in construction but with little practical experience or knowledge of the industry, I didn’t know where to start. Then PlanBEE came into my world!

The idea behind the programme is to give people like me, who are passionate about the industry, the chance to work with and learn from some of the best people in the business. 

Not many people of my age can say they’ve worked with top employers like Arup, Sadler Brown, Tolent, NBS and Ryder Architecture – and some of the experiences I’ve had will live with me for a lifetime. On a placement with Arup, I was given an incredible opportunity to work alongside electrical engineers on the Riyadh Metro, the world’s largest public transport project. I actually got to test and design fire and lighting systems which have been used on this huge development – how amazing is that?

After I completed the PlanBEE programme, I secured a job with Tolent as a Trainee Project Nanager on the residential side of the business and I’m now working for RE:GEN Group as an Assistant Site Manager.

Luke Oldfield Luke Oldfield
Jordi Morris

Hey, I’m Jordi Morris and what an experience I had on the PlanBEE programme!

Working in lots of different companies, trying new things, being mentored by top people in the business world – I’ve done it all! No other training scheme would have given me these opportunities.

Before I landed a place on the programme, I wasn’t sure which area of work I wanted to specialise in. That was one of my main reasons for choosing PlanBEE. It’s very different to anything else out there as it gave me the chance to work with employers that specialise in different construction areas, such as civil and site engineering, design and quantity surveying. I’ve learnt so many new skills, including how to use the latest software to design buildings and how to manage the finances. It also meant I got to try lots of different things before deciding which career path I wanted to follow.

Thanks to PlanBEE, I’ve now secured a permanent position as a trainee quantity surveyor at Bowmer and Kirkland, where I’ll work alongside a senior surveyor to look after the costs and oversee various property developments. This is definitely the role for me; I’ve always been good with numbers and planning and I love seeing a project through to its end.

For me, this isn’t just a job; it’s my future. There’ll be opportunities to progress onto a degree and, eventually, into senior positions once I’ve been to university and gained my chartered surveyor status. That’s my main career goal now.