Mum of two, Lynsey Davies, started her apprenticeship at the age of 35 when she decided to change careers and find a vocation that she was truly passionate about.

She now works for Swansea Council’s Building Services Department as a trainee quantity surveyor/estimator and has already been involved in projects from Welsh Quality Standard schemes (WHQS) to new developments.

Currently working towards an honours degree in quantity surveying, as part of the Higher Apprenticeship, funded by CIOB, she will also complete a level five project management module run by Quals Direct.

Her apprenticeship is with Cyfle Building Skills and her big break arrived when the company found her a placement.

“I have always worked hard and done well in all my jobs but it was not enough,” said Lynsey. “I needed to feel passionate about my work, and construction has certainly done that for me.”

“At the age of 39, I have achieved more in the last five years than I have in my entire working life.

I have won competitions, apprentice of the year for plastering and technical, I have been a student rep, made a TV appearance on BBC Wales talking about apprenticeships, taken part in DIY SOS, and my biggest achievement was going to Uganda for two weeks with Cyfle where we built a maternity unit.

“My placements have all resulted in job opportunities but I continued to change my placements to gain more experience.”


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