Developing Our People

Project Summary


We actively train and develop our team to get the best out of them

Name: Laura Fraser

Job Title: Trainee Quantity Surveyor

Department: Stobart Rail & Civils

Division: Rail


Before joining Stobart Rail & Civils as an administrator, Laura worked in the construction industry as a Project Coordinator for multi-utility company, Clancy Docwra Ltd. She parted ways with the Leeds based company to move to the Lake District with her partner Dave. Following this re-location, Laura worked a local pub for six months.

Laura soon progressed in her administration role and after just two months was promoted to Resource Manager. Following a three-month trial, Laura felt this position wasn’t suited to her skill set, so returned to being an administrator, also expressing an interest in taking on training to develop her career in a different direction. Laura is now a Trainee Quantity Surveyor and works a four-day week whilst attending Northumbria University in Newcastle studying a Quantity Surveying Degree Apprenticeship course one day a week.


When offered the role of Trainee Quantity Surveyor, Laura and her partner Dave moved to Carlisle reducing her commute to five minutes. Having a role with clear progression and goals to work towards was a large part of Laura’s final decision to move and settle in Carlisle.


“It means a lot to me to work to my full potential and to feel challenged by my work. I feel immensely grateful and lucky to have been offered this opportunity. In three year’s time, I very much hope to be in year 3 of my 5-year part-time degree, hopefully still enjoying the work/study balance as much as I am now!”

Laura Fraser, Trainee Quantity Surveyor


Name: Morgan Fothergill

Job Title: Trainee Quantity Surveyor

Department: Developments

Division: Rail

Morgan studied both GCSE and A-level at Appleby Grammar School, during which time he contacted Stobart Rail, who invited him along for a two week work experience block during the Easter break which he thoroughly enjoyed. On completion of his exams, Morgan carried out a six week internship with the company, following which he was offered full time employment and the opportunity as well as allowing time off for university whilst paying his tuition fees.


Morgan attends Salford University one day a week studying for a HNC in Construction, the course duration is two years. When he is successful, Morgan will be enrolled onto the BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying for a further three years. In three years, Morgan see’s himself with a far wider knowledge of construction as well as having more involvement in supporting the qualified QS’s. 


“Since I have joined the company I have developed many attributes and learned new ones as well. I have developed good commercial understanding and my Financial Management skills have also improved massively. Tasks such as preparing sub-contracts and creating payment certificates have developed my awareness”

Morgan Fothergill, Trainee Quantity Surveyor

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