Apprenticeship Week - Max's Story

Apprenticeship Week - Max's Story

This Apprenticeship Week, Working Win is telling stories of apprentices and their employers across South Yorkshire.

24-year-old Max Turner started his apprenticeship in surveying with 1st Horizon in Barnsley when he was 18 years old, and has dreams of managing the department.

We caught up with him to find out more about his #FireItUp story.

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I decided quite early on that I wanted to do an apprenticeship rather than go to university, this was mainly because I liked the idea of ‘earning while learning'.

What did you do during your apprenticeship?

I started my apprenticeship in surveying in October 2014. With surveying being a bit of a niche field, our course was brand new - we were the first class to do it at Barnsley College.

The course covered a very wide range of topics relating to the whole construction industry, with a number of topics custom made to cater for surveyors.

Why did you choose 1st Horizon?

I found the role at 1st Horizon through the website and thought the work they were doing looked interesting - it was something I could see myself doing. I had three or four interviews with other companies before getting the job with 1st Horizon.

What opportunities have you had through your apprenticeship?

Becoming a qualified 3D surveyor has given me the opportunity to work in many different places all around the country. I’ve also had to chance to do work abroad in places such as Barcelona and Paris.

How does your apprenticeship help you in your current role?

The tutor that we had in college was a retired surveyor with years and years of experience doing what we do. This meant that he could pass down his knowledge to us in ways that helped us in our everyday work lives. I still use the things he taught me today.

Would you recommend doing an apprenticeship to others?

I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone, not that I disagree with university in any way at all, but I feel that it’s difficult to get the experience and knowledge that you need whilst sat in a classroom. The best way to learn a job is to get out there and physically do it.

Do you have any top tips for future apprentices?

My top tip for any new apprentice is to just to stick to it. It might not seem worth it when you're on your apprentice wage but if you put the work in, it with pay off in the long run.


Apprenticeship Week is running from 3 – 9 February 2020, find out more, plus information on events and opportunities at or by following @Apprenticeships or @FireItUp_Apps on Twitter.



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