The RICS Inspire programme is a catalyst for encouraging future careers in surveying.
Initiatives inspire young people and their influencers about surveying’s role in shaping our world and equip young people with the skills needed to pursue a professional surveying career.
Interact with students as they make key decisions for their future careers.
Inspire Workshops have seen over 8,200 students from 40 schools across the UK take on different surveying roles, resulting in a significant increase of students considering a career in surveying.
Aimed at students in year 9 and 10 across the UK, inspire workshops have been developed from research which shows that school students engage most with activities which motivate and interest them - primarily in a non-academic format.
Using RICS’ insight about the profession and its desire to promote the vast number of career opportunities available to students. Inspire workshops gets students to form small teams, where they complete project-based tasks and challenges designed to provide a “taster” of the numerous careers within the industry, reflecting aspects of surveying and project management and the skills needed.
These workshops are run by specialist educational facilitators but RICS needs professionals to be Inspire Ambassadors, sharing their real-life experiences and industry knowledge to really bring the workshops to life.
Debate Mate is a global education organisation that delivers weekly debating clubs to 3000 students in nearly 150 schools in areas of high child poverty across nine UK regions.
RICS sponsored motions in the Debate Mate League and the Debate Mate Cup final, provided motions around the demise of the high street and solving the housing crisis by building on greenfield sites.
What’s unique about debate mate:
Of Debate Mate students surveyed, 40% of students will now career in surveying after the partnership. Given the context and demographic of the students Debate Mate work with, the majority would not have even heard of the industry before this partnership, so this is a very positive result.
Design Engineer Construct (DEC) is an accredited GCSE and A level equivalent qualification specifically developed to create and inspire the next generation of Built Environment professionals.
Through a project-based approach, DEC applies pure academic subjects to the latest construction industry practices. The result is young people with real-world practical experience, employability skills and passion to succeed as built environment professionals.
This unique learning programme offers all employers, irrespective of size, the chance to engage with students genuinely interested in working towards a career in the built environment, resulting in a ‘home grown’ talent pipeline of work ready, knowledgeable young professionals ready who would have never previously considered a career in the built environment.
RICS adopted Clacton Coastal Academy as sponsored school to run a DEC programme and have seen amazing pupils coming out of the programme. Of this years’ final year students all are perusing built environment careers either continuing studies at university set to start apprenticeships with firms.
We would strongly encourage all firms to consider adopting a DEC school as part of their talent development.
To represent the profession the RICS attends a series of 10 high profile careers shows, reaching a combined audience of over 65,000 young people to give us a strong and consistent presence across the UK. We do attend other ad hock careers shows but the below shows are the priority for RICS.
In addition to these skills shows RICS will also have a presence at the National Careers Guidance show which sees approximal 2,500 at teachers and careers advisers attend, so we can educate this key audience around the benefits of surveying as a career.
In order to bring these careers shows to life we need real surveyors talking about their real life experiences in the profession so weather you are a trainee enrolled on RICS assessment, an apprentice or a newly qualified professional – help us to inspire the next generation by volunteering to attend these careers shows as an Inpsire Ambassador.
RICS gets asked to attend and support a lot of schools and university visits. We always try to make this possible and we have a suite of materials to support volunteers, however last year we sent out over 50,000 brochures so we have to look strategically at each opportunity and the value it brings to the profession.
If you are going into or interested in visiting a school or university then register as an Inspire Ambassador and we can get in touch with agreed opportunities.