Scott prepares for the world of work at Hull-based PBS Construction

A Year 13 Ron Dearing UTC student is looking forward to a bright future in quantity surveying after securing a job at a Hull-based civil engineering company.

Scott Coates, 17, is studying Maths and Engineering at the employer-led school and completed work experience at family-owned PBS Construction last summer.

After enjoying the experience and leaving a lasting positive impression, he has now been offered an Assistant Quantity Surveyor role at the company’s Trinity Street base in west Hull from August.

As part of the early stages of his job, Scott will shadow a PBS quantity surveyor to learn the ropes, attend site visits and monthly progress meetings, meet site managers and sub-contractors, measure up jobs on site and calculate valuations.

He will also study a Level 4 qualification in quantity surveying at Leeds College of Building one day a week for two years, backing up his on-the-job experience.

Scott said: “Work experience at PBS was great and I’ve been offered a really good job. I prefer to be hands-on and out on site, so this is the right path for me.

“Being a student at Ron Dearing UTC offers you good opportunities and a great standard of teaching, and the knowledge and skills I’ve gained helped me to get this job. I’m really looking forward to starting work.”

Year 13 student Scott Coates has been offered an Assistant Quantity Surveyor role at PBS Construction.


Hundreds of Ron Dearing UTC students have moved onto positive destinations since the school opened its doors in 2017, including many with its Employer Partners.

While PBS Construction is not a Ron Dearing UTC partner, the company’s Commercial Director Mark Brooks said they were impressed by Scott’s attitude and enthusiasm and wanted to offer him a job.

Mark said: “We got on really well with Scott when he came for his week of work experience last year and he liked the company. He got in touch with us again when he was thinking about his next steps and showed initiative in pushing himself forward.

“Scott is the first Ron Dearing UTC student we have taken on, but we have had success with another college student who came on board via the same route. He’s now managing his own multi-million pound jobs at PBS and we’re keen for Scott to progress and do the same.”

PBS predominantly works with commercial and public sector clients and has completed many projects of varying sizes and budgets over more than three decades in business.

Most recently, the team started a £4.5 million National Lottery-funded restoration project at Scarborough’s South Cliff Gardens to preserve their unique heritage and improve them for visitors.