December 11th, 2020

Apprentice profile: Rahul Tank

“I feared I’d never get a job after university and now I’m on a proper career path in construction.”

Rahul Tank left university with a degree in business and law. Unsure about what he wanted to do for work, he struggled to find a fulfilling job until he was offered work experience at Diamond Build PLC. Two years on, he is forging a career in quantity surveying and working on multi-million-pound construction projects.

“Although I’d gained a good degree, I couldn’t help thinking I’d wasted my time at university,” he explains. “I lived with two friends who studied construction management and quantity surveying. I found I was more interested in their course than mine but felt it was too late to do anything about it.”

After graduating, Rahul spent three months applying for various jobs and then a family member introduced him to Diamond Build Group. Chairman, John Gray, offered him three-weeks work experience at the company’s head office in Tottenham.

“John suggested that if I was serious about getting a job in construction, I should come and work for the company and see how I feel,” Rahul recalls. “I spent time in different departments including accounting, marketing and construction. But when I told him that I was particularly interested in surveying, he put me straight onto a building site which I’d never experienced before.”

The site was Kingsdale Foundation School where Diamond Build PLC was responsible for a £2.4m expansion. Rahul spent a week shadowing the site manager and surveyor, learning about their roles, the construction process and how the development had progressed.

Rahul says: “My experience at Diamond Build confirmed that I wanted to focus on surveying. The challenges of the job combined with the chance to play a key role in creating new buildings, was really appealing to me. Then over Christmas, I received an email from the company offering me a permanent role with training, and I couldn’t have been happier.”

Rahul joined Diamond Build PLC on a permanent basis in January 2019. The opportunity is enabling him to gain practical skills and experience while working towards a degree in quantity surveying and commercial management, paid for by Diamond Build.

Rahul continues: “I spend one day at the University of Westminster and four days in the office, and I really enjoy that mix of training, working and studying. I’ve also found that my previous degree has provided me with lots of transferable skills and those have really helped me progress, particularly when dealing with more contractual issues.”

The first major project that Rahul worked on was the refurbishment of offices located at 49 -59 Old Street on behalf of the London Borough of Islington. He was mentored by one of Diamond Build’s surveyors and worked as an assistant. He is now part of the team leading one of the contractor’s largest schemes. Located in Holloway, the £10m project will see 24 new council homes built on the Harvist Estate near Arsenal’s football stadium.

“I’ve been given a huge amount of responsibility for the Harvist Estate project and I’m really grateful for that progression,” he says. “I get involved in a variety of different work, including managing sub contractors, placing orders, organising valuations, payments, and procurement issues.”

He continues: “Rewind two years and my life was very different. I feared I’d never get a job after university and now I’m on a proper career path in construction. That’s testament to all the support I’ve received from Diamond Build PLC and the trust and flexibility they’ve given me from the start.”

To find out more about what it is like to work at Diamond Build, including its apprenticeship schemes, please email: careers@diamondbuildgroup.com

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