Construction and Quantity Surveying Bursaries in South Africa for 2018
A career in the Construction industry
Just as food and water are vital to the survival of humans, so construction is vital to our society that is constantly expanding and demanding more housing, apartments, buildings, bridges, roads and various other man-made structures.
The construction industry offers many career prospects – whether you like planning out projects, building things or managing a team, there is certainly no shortage of career opportunities in construction.
Why should I pursue a career in Construction?
Some of the benefits of working in construction includes:
- You are able to work with your head and your hands
- You can get creative
- You will be able to enjoy a variety of tasks
- You can make a difference to the environment by creating essential facilities
- You will receive great job satisfaction by knowing that something you help build will last many many year
- You can start at a level and work up to better career prospects
- You can work as part of a team
- You may be able to find opportunities to work abroad
What careers can I follow in the Construction industry?
Some of the top careers in Construction include:
– Engineering (including Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering and Mechanical Engineering)
– Construction Management
– Project Management
– Site Manager
Skilled trade positions
– Carpentry and Joinery
– Construction Equipment Operating
A career in Quantity Surveying
Quantity Surveyors (or QS’s) are responsible for managing the costs of building and civil engineering projects – from first to final calculations. They aim to reduce costs and achieve better value for money on any given project, without skimping on quality and standards.
A QS either works for a contractor or a client and is involved in a project from the very beginning by preparing estimates and work costs. Once the project is underway, they will also track any variations to the stipulated contract which could impact costs and draw up reports to show profitability.
Quantity Surveyors earn on average R280 000 per year, with Junior Quantity Surveyor earning around R150 000 and Senior Quantity Surveyors earning around R600 000 per year.
What duties and responsibilities do Quantity Surveyors have?
If you are thinking of pursuing a career in Quantity Surveying, you may want to know what sort of tasks you will be expected to perform in your job – here is a outline of the job role:
- Assist with establishing the clients requirements
- Conducting feasibility studies
- Preparation of contract documents and tenders (including bills of quantities with the client or architect)
- Conducting cost analysis for maintenance and repairs
- Give recommendations on contractual claims
- Recommend procurement strategies
- Conduct risk, cost control and value management
- Preparation and analysis of tender costing
- Allocation of subcontractors
- Identify, analyse and formulation of responses to commercial risks
- Analysis of outcomes and creation of detailed progress reports
- Keep updated with building contracts in current use
- Recognise the implications of safety and health regulations
What are the requirements for a career in Quantity Surveying?
If you are thinking of pursuing a career as a QS, you should meet the requirements as listed below:
– You must have a practical mind
– You must have good financial management and numerical skills
– You must have strong written and verbal communication skills
How can I get a bursary for Construction or Quantity Surveying?
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