Apprentice Estimator - Sterling Services - REF: 049

Company overview

"Sterling began in 1985 as a family run business and has continued to grow year on year. From initially providing small-scale repair and maintenance services, we now provide a complete Principal Contractor and main contractor service for the education, healthcare, retail and commercial sectors.
We provide professional and efficient services for schemes ranging from £1,000 – £1.5m. All groundworks, electrical and building fabric are completed by virtue of our in-house staff who have excellent knowledge, skills, experience and their dedication to delivering a high-quality service. This is also further supported by our extensive nationwide subcontract database.
We have built our capabilities and reputation upon the assurance of excellence in our customer’s satisfaction. This has been hard won. It has taken many years of attaining and training the right staff whilst ensuring they have the same innate core beliefs as the founding members. This is why we are very particular on the individuals we will employ. If your ethics, morals and ambitions are anything less than first class, then you will not be the employee we seek."

Key responsibilities for the role:

  • An estimator’s role involves gathering proposals, blueprints, specifications and related documents to estimate the cost of work by analysing labour, materials and time required. You will also learn all aspects relating to construction and what is involved from scratch to completion of a project.
  • You need to have an excellent head for dealing with high pressure, volume of work and a very good analytical brain.
  • You need to have an excellent memory be able to remember a lot
  • Be very proactive as opposed to reactive.
  • We cannot stress enough how this role is not for everyone who is not capable of processing lot’s of data quickly, efficiently and reliably with a very strong attention to detail. It is why, within 7-10 years of training and experience, that an estimator can earn salaries of over £55,000 and upwards
  • You need to be very outgoing, forthright and very intelligent
  • The ability to process tons of data and be able to question, is key

Key skills to be successful in your application:

  • Very strong in written and spoken communication. You will be sending many cover letters, emails and other forms of correspondence with clients, operatives and other members of the business so you grammar, spelling, articulation, punctuation and associated key writing skills needs to be of the very highest of standards
  • Being proactive and self - motivated
  • Strong IT Skills are essential
  • Able to work within a team – that means not being lazy, selfish or time watching. You need to be involved and play a major part in the team.
  • Friendly and organised
  • Able to prioritise
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Inquisitive and ability to identify any discrepancy

Location: Knowsley       
Contracted hours: 40                                                    
Hourly rate of pay:

  • Year 1 - National Minimum Wage
  • Year 2 - £18,000 - £21,000 
  • Year 3 - £21,000 - £26,000 
  • Year 4 - £26,000 - £30,000 and increasing there beyond in each subsequent years and based upon capability and skills acquired

How to apply: 

1. Download and complete the application form 

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