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19 ABR. 2019

Staying a step ahead

As a global professional body, RICS needs to understand how the world is changing so that we can continue to provide leadership to the profession in the years ahead. This is not a new challenge. Over the last 150 years the built and natural environments have evolved significantly. What is new is the scale of this change, which is now of a different order and requires that we think strategically about how to respond.

Attracting, developing and retaining staff is a sectoral issue that must be addressed if we are to build cities that people want to live, work and play in. New ways to deliver education will not only change the way we educate for the better but will ensure young talent is not dissuaded from bringing their skills and knowledge into the profession. At the same time, it is essential to ensure that we do not lose the skills and experience of senior members of the workforce before it is imparted on the youth. Diversity is increasingly seen as a driver of innovation: a combination of different ages, skills, disciplines, and working and thinking styles to maximise new possibilities, boost creativity – and to secure trust.

The importance of education throughout a career, with a focus on lifetime learning, cannot be overestimated. Innovative methods of learning delivery may be the way forward to ensure professionals are equipped for roles of the future. Individuals will need to take responsibility for upgrading their skills, but to drive real change, employers, universities, schools and RICS will all need to work together. It’s likely that we will see a move towards more flexible training – learning through online platforms, face-to-face training or hands on experience, mentoring and community sharing programmes.

In the coming months, we will explore some of the key themes that have come out of the Future of the Profession consultation, and outline ways in which we are beginning to respond to these suggestions. However, this is only the start of our journey and we will continue engaging with you and changing our practices to ensure that we are all equipped to address the risks and opportunities within the built and natural environments. Follow the results at rics.org/futureprofession