National Apprenticeship Week: Interview with Ellis Russo
We take enormous pride in investing in the development and growth of our team, and in supporting people to achieve their professional ambition.
As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2024, we sat down with Ellis Russo, a MIDA Trainee Quantity Surveyor, to discuss his path to become a trainee with MIDA Civils and his experience so far.
What attracted you to a career in construction & civil engineering?
I started with no prior knowledge or experience in civil engineering, but after learning about the opportunity and interviewing at MIDA, decided that it would be a great career to pursue.
What course are you currently studying?
I am currently studying for a Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying & Commercial Management at the University of Westminster, on a part-time basis. I typically attend university one day per week, with MIDA covering my tuition fees. All being well I expect to graduate in Summer 2028.
What prior studying did you do to obtain a place on your apprenticeship?
I attended sixth form college for two years studying A-Levels in Business, Economics and History. Rather than pursuing university full-time I liked the idea of obtaining a degree apprenticeship, with the construction industry and MIDA being a great place to do so.
What are the advantages of being an apprentice with MIDA?
The MIDA team have taken an interest in my career and offer to help in any way they can. The on-the-job training is great as it allows me to learn hands-on – applying what I learn in the classroom into the job immediately. Rather than being treated as a trainee, I feel like I am part of the team, doing real client work that is noticed internally and externally. The team also takes an interest in my formal education, with team members offering guidance on my assignments.
What do you most enjoy about working at MIDA?
Surveying is an interesting career to pursue, with significant variety in the role. At MIDA there is also a great work environment that adds to my day to day enjoyment.
How have MIDA supported you with your learning and development?
When I started, I had no prior knowledge of the aspect of civil engineering or surveying. Since I have been working at MIDA, everyone at work helps me better my knowledge of civil engineering and aids in the development of the quality of work I produce. Tasks are thoroughly explained which is also beneficial for me to better my understanding and skills.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time and what are your future goals?
In 5 years time I wish to be a fully qualified surveyor, and have a good understanding of groundworks.