Meet Rory Montague, industrial placement (trainee quantity surveyor)

I joined ISG in September 2017 on the placement programme as part of my Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management degree with Oxford Brookes University. After reading ISG’s employee reviews on Glassdoor and seeing that they had an impressive ranking amongst the UK’s top construction services companies, I knew it was an organisation I wanted to be a part of. 

When I joined the business, I had the fantastic opportunity to be placed on one of ISG’s large-scale projects for a leading online retailer. In the role, I was able to oversee a project from its initial groundwork stages, through to snagging and finishing before we handed over to our customer. During my placement year, I’ve completed training in commercial processes, including estimating, procuring sub-contractors, issuing payment certificates and reporting cash flow. I’ve also had a hand in operational processes on site by supporting the project team. 

Joining ISG’s placement programme means you have the chance to gain experience on a wide-range of on-the-job experience in your specialism, while also working with and learning from teams across the business. ISG have empowered me to oversee high-value projects, and although the responsibility was a challenge, I always had the support and encouragement from my colleagues and manager.

Completing a placement year alongside my degree has given me first-hand experience of the different stages of construction, and I’ll be able to draw on my experience when I return back to university in September. My experience with ISG has not only given me the practical knowledge and experience to help me complete my degree, but has also given me an idea of what to base my dissertation on. Once I graduate, I hope to join the organisation and continue to progress my career.