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9 JAN 2019

Surveying apprenticeships on the rise

Since the roll out of trailblazer apprenticeships as an End Point Assessment Organisation for two surveying apprenticeships in 2016, RICS has been at the forefront of apprenticeships, promoting them as an equal way into the profession alongside more traditional academic routes. We have been heavily involved in overcoming any challenges that new policy presents, supporting employers as well as training providers in delivering successful programmes.

The numbers speak for themselves. Growth in Surveying Technician Apprenticeships and Chartered Surveyor Apprenticeships have blossomed in the last three years.

Level 3 (Associate RICS) qualified Surveying Technicians since 2015:

  • 2017/18: 171
  • 2016/17: 126
  • 2015/16: 99

Level 6 (MRICS) qualified Chartered Surveyors since 2015:

  • 2017/18: 816
  • 2016/17: 223
  • 2015/16: 69

And the Chartered Surveying apprenticeship regularly appears in the top 30 most popular apprenticeships available in England.

The story behind the numbers

As big numbers, these tell a very positive story and from our conversations we are expecting numbers to continue to rise further. What is also encouraging is we've found excellent diversity in terms of gender and especially ethnicity, suggesting this route in surveying is opening the profession to a diverse skill set of talent.

As the Chartered Surveying apprenticeship includes studying for an RICS accredited degree, you could presume this increase in numbers could be having a direct impact on numbers of full time students taking RICS courses. However, also from our research we are seeing a rise in students taking RICS accredited degrees at our partner universities, so we see both routes as complimentary - giving more choice and options to attract the next generation of surveying professionals.

Our apprenticeship scheme helps us build a wider, more diverse talent pool and address current skills gaps. The apprentices we employ embody our principles: showing insightful expertise through the innovations they suggest; demonstrating seamless delivery in our teams; and building valued relationships with clients.

Kimberley Rowling
Graduate & Apprentice Recruitment & Development Manager, CBRE UK

Joining a company as an apprentice means getting your foot through the door for an exciting future. You learn the theory and put it into practice, which for me was the best way to learn!

Uwais Paderwala
Project Surveyor, Gardiner & Theobald and RICS Matrics Apprentice of the Year 2018

Uwais Paderwala-RICS
Uwais Paderwala

The future

Despite the positive look of these numbers, we must not be complacent, we are working closely with providers to ensure that all delivery is of the highest quality and we are also working with employers, both large and small, to help support those who are looking to employ their first apprentices.

We have an Introduction to Apprenticeships webinar for employers who want to learn the answers to the top 10 questions that RICS is asked about apprenticeships, as well as an series of Future Talent and Skills forums to discuss the key issues affecting the talent pipeline and skills development in the industry.

No matter the size of your organisation, if you are an employer who hasn't looked at offering a surveying apprenticeship, then why not?

RICS Future Talent and Skills Forums

  • Birmingham: 29 January 2019 10:00-13:00  RICS, 55 Colmore Row, B3 2AS
  • London: 4 February 2019 10:00-13:00 RICS, 12 Great George Street, SW1P 3AD
  • Edinburgh: 5 February 2019 10:00-13:00  RICS, 3rd floor, 125 Princes Street, EH2 4AD

Places are limited, so reserve your place by emailing Mike Cox.