This week A-Level results are released across much of the UK. With a new flurry of young talent entering the world of work, there’s never been a better time to consider taking on a surveying apprentice and attract the brightest and the best from this new generation.

With our Surveying Technician and Chartered Surveying apprenticeships, we see apprenticeships as an important way to widen pathways into our profession. Not everyone learns and develops in the same way and apprenticeships provide an effective route into our profession for those looking to study part-time while developing their hands-on skillset.

Additionally, as the employer pays for the training, it removes the need for the young person to pay tuition or course fees, enabling businesses to attract a more diverse range of talent to help with their future success.

The next generation of professionals will be pivotal as the industry aims to develop solutions for the world's challenges of today and in the future.

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Exploring the benefits of employing an apprentice

We recently hosted an event which provided our professionals, firms and prospective training providers with an update which allowed them to understand the full potential of apprenticeships, their benefits to businesses and the impact they can make.

This update was delivered by Clare Johnson from the Cabinet Office, Christina Hirst from Surveying Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group and Neeta Borat from London South Bank University.
They all provided clarity around a firm and training providers responsibilities and the positioning of apprenticeships as a positive route in terms of diversity and social mobility. 

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Don’t believe us? Hear from the apprentices themselves

A panel of apprentices were interviewed about their experiences; providing an inspirational insight.  Kimberley Hepburn from TfL, Laura Pell from Cushman & Wakefield and Jonathan Springer from JLL, explained, with passion, how the businesses they’ve joined have been able to empower them on projects, mentor and support them to provide a solid platform to becoming fully qualified surveyors.

A challenge they all echoed was the perception that apprenticeships are for non-academic students.  They explained to the audience that this wasn’t the case; instead they passed on the opportunity to take the more “traditional” university route as they were attracted to an opportunity where you can earn and earn in conjunction.

They were all eager to highlight that students and employers should not see apprenticeships as a secondary route to becoming a qualified professional. 

After attending a grammar school and achieving four A-levels I could have chosen to study at a leading university, but I found an apprenticeship was perfect for me because I wanted to combine practical experience with the opportunity to learn, earn and get a top degree.

The importance of collaboration

Chris Welch, Chairman of the Surveying Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group, emphasised the need for employers, universities and the RICS to work together to create diverse paths into the industry. Collaboration is essential for success and for the future of the profession.  

Employers need to explore the opportunities which apprenticeships provide, helping address the skills shortage and the possible impact of Brexit on the profession. These talented young professionals will ensure the industry is futureproofed and will help build a dedicate enthusiastic and loyal workforce.

The time for employers to seize the opportunity and engage and employ the next generation of surveyors through apprenticeship schemes is now. And with RICS Recruit advertising surveying apprenticeships for free, the benefits and support is never-ending.


Comments (3)

  1. What a pity that decades have been lost on the altar of degree entry to the profession. With apprenticeships we have gone full circle back to the 1960's, when training on the job resulted in well rounded and experienced Chartered Surveyors. As an employer of some more recent year graduates I have found many of them to lack competency in communicating and dealing with the many challenges every surveyor faces each day in serving their clients. Skills that can only be learnt on the job, not in a lecture room.

    Rodney Sharp Rodney Sharp, 14 August at 13:02

  2. What qualifications are required to enter into a "Surveying Technician Apprenticeship" Reference is made to A levels but there are other qualifications such as BTEC. Many young people are now leaving school and taking alternative courses. I would like more information on alternative routes.
    Greg Lander

    Gregory Lander Gregory Lander, 18 September at 16:56

  3. Hi Greg,

    Thank you for your comment. For the Level 3 Surveying Technician, a minimum of 5 GCSEs (BTEC would also be considered suitable) is suggested, however it is the discretion of the employer and the training provider to set this as part of their recruitment processes. The qualification achieved, Level 3 Diploma in Surveying is equivalent to 2 A Levels and would enable the individual once they had completed the Level 3 apprenticeship (including successful completion of AssocRICS) to advance to the Level 6 Chartered Surveying Degree Apprenticeship.


    Barry Cullen
    Future Talent Director, RICS

    Jonathan Falkingham Jonathan Falkingham, 19 September at 11:34

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