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7 AUG 2018

Inspiring the next generation of Scottish surveyors

With over 150,000 young people getting their Highers results today and thinking about their future career journeys, we highlight what initiatives the Future Talent team at RICS have been working on to help inspire the next generation of surveyors in Scotland.

RICS has over 5,500 professionals working in Scotland and with around 1,000 working towards RICS qualifications, Scotland is a key market for RICS, so what are we doing to inspire future professionals in this region? 

Schools engagement

RICS have launched Inspire Workshops, an interactive session in classrooms aimed at students aged 13 and 14, across schools in the UK. This year we have seen over 5,000 students from 40 schools take on different surveying roles, including over 400 students based in Scotland.

Overall, we have seen fantastic results with a significant increase of students considering a career in surveying after participating in the workshops.

Apprenticeships in Scotland

Many of you would have heard about the UK governments drive to get more apprentices, however the apprenticeship levy and funding only applies to trailblazer apprenticeships taking place in England.  Therefore, we have been working with Skills Development Scotland on apprenticeships in this region.

Skills Development Scotland has been developing Graduate Apprenticeships in partnership with industry representatives, universities and colleges, building on the successes of the existing Foundation and Modern Apprenticeship programmes.

RICS have had instrumental involvement in the development of the Graduate Apprenticeship in Construction and Built Environment over the past year. This framework is now ready for delivery and courses will begin in four universities in September 2018. 

This work has focused on highly skilled growth sectors and the move represents a fantastic way to develop routes in to the surveying profession in Scotland.

For more information on Graduate Apprenticeships visit apprenticeships.scot

Scottish Universities

Throughout Scotland, RICS accredits 63 courses across eight partner universities. The specialisms covered in these courses range from construction management and quantity surveying to geographical information science and rural management. The courses that RICS accredits in Scotland represents a fantastic range of subject areas and opportunities for students learn the knowledge required to progress to RICS qualification.

Raising the profile of RICS and surveying careers

This year RICS has had 447 mentions across Scottish Media reaching an audience of over 25 million. This helps to raise the profile of surveying to parents and the general public who are key influencers of young people.

In particular, we achieved prominent coverage around the construction skills gap in the Glasgow Evening Times and Times Scotland as well as a special editorial on the portability of commercial skills for energy sectors in The Press and Journal, written by Prof Norman K McLennan FRICS, a visiting professor for Robert Gordon University’s new MSc Commercial Practice in the Energy Sector (CPES) course.

Get involved in the future

The Future Talent team at RICS will be continuing an exciting programme of activity in Scotland throughout 2018 and into 2019 including schools and university visits as well as employer forums.

We are always looking for RICS professionals and trainees to get involved and inspire young people about a surveying career.

Register as an Inspire Ambassador to be notified of future activities.