Why I chose construction: 2023 Best Technical Apprentice, Daryl Borsden, John Weaver Contractors 

In the dynamic world of construction, nurturing new talent and fostering a skilled workforce is essential for continued growth and progress. Recognising this significance, our Apprentice Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of apprentices across the region. 

This blog will focus on the 2023 Best Technical Apprentice, Daryl Borsden, who currently works with John Weaver Contractors as an estimator. 

Daryl’s journey within the construction industry began as a site labourer in the Port Talbot TATA Steelworks. From there, Daryl had the opportunity to start work as a carpenter’s apprentice, and through consistent motivation, enthusiasm and commitment, he achieved his NVQ level 3 in site carpentry. Over time, his hardworking attitude and development of management skills meant he progressed into the role as an assistant joiner shop supervisor where he would assist with management duties and pricing works.  

His progression continued, and Daryl was again promoted and offered to join the management team, carrying out his new duties as an assistant estimating quantity surveyor and achieving an HNC in construction management.  

Moving up the ranks, Daryl started a new role as an estimator where he has achieved an HND in Management within the built environment, achieving distinctions throughout every module. Daryl is currently studying for his BSc in Project Construction Management at the University of South Wales which will be completed by 2024. 

Speaking on his journey in the construction industry, Daryl said:  

“I started my journey in construction as a site labourer, progressed to an apprentice which enabled me to become a site carpenter. An amazing opportunity arose to work as an assistant estimating quantity surveyor before joining John Weaver Contractors Ltd. to become an estimator.  

“As an estimator, I’m heavily involved with the tendering process within a competitive environment bidding against other contractors, Procurement and subcontractor management. I’ve been involved in multi-million-pound contracts such as the Haberdashers Drama School and the Glynneath Medical Centre. John Weaver’s have already supported me with my HND in construction management within the built environment and are currently supporting me through a BSc in construction project management degree. 

“John Weavers and I have produced a professional career development plan for the next five years where I am to become an estimating manager and then progress on to the estimating directorship.” 

Daryl’s story is a true testament to hard work and dedication, showcasing the progression that can be made within the industry. Though it seems like a long road, beginning as an apprentice is a great foothold in the industry, and can open the doors to management possibilities in the future.  

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