Wesley Belle, who started working with WM Housing Group as a Tenant Liaison Officer in 2013, has been shortlisted as Young Professional of the Year, Young Trainee of the Year and Student of the Year in the Midlands G4C Constructing Excellence Awards.
The awards – which stand for Generation for Change – recognise young people in the construction industry.
Wesley realised that he wanted to become a building surveyor while working on a regeneration project in Woodend, Coventry, and he pestered his manager to allow him to re-train. He started as a Trainee Building Surveyor for the Group in 2015.
Wesley says: “I applied and enrolled on the MSc in Building Surveying course at Nottingham Trent University once I started as a Trainee Building Surveyor.
“The course was chosen as it was the nearest master’s course in Building Surveying and would allow me to attend part time – one day a week on day release. It took me two years to complete the course.
“The next two years were very challenging. I used the majority, if not all, of my leave for exams and assignments. My weekends were taken up with studying at home. Each January I would lose 10 days of my new annual leave allocation for either exam revision or assignments.”
Wesley says he would not get home until midnight on study days.
He says: “On the day I attended University I would leave my home at 7.30am to arrive at Nottingham for 9am, then attend lectures and seminars till 6pm. I would go to the library from 7pm to 11pm to complete course work, reading and any work I had to catch up on from being out of the office, before getting home at midnight.
“I did this for two years whilst managing my full-time role, four days a week, as a Trainee Building Surveyor. During this time, I was responsible for the management and successful running of my own projects with contractors and project personnel.”
Wesley was awarded a distinction for his degree and was given an extra award for the Most Outstanding Performance on the MSc Building Surveyance degree from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Wesley says: “Hearing I’ve been shortlisted as a finalist in the G4C Constructing Excellence Awards is an achievement and honour.
“I was especially thrilled to see that I had been selected for three separate awards at the event – Young Professional of the Year, Young Trainee of the Year and Student of the Year.”
Senior Building Surveyor, Leon Patterson, who is Wesley’s line manager, says Wesley deserves to be recognised for his efforts.
He says: “We’re so proud of Wesley for getting this far.
“He has put in so much effort and determination that he deserves to be a finalist.
“We wish him the best of luck for the awards ceremony next month.”
The awards will take place at the ICC in Birmingham on April 12. Good luck Wesley!