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Earn while you learn

Graham Ford MRICS Surveyor Lacy, Scott and Knight

An apprenticeship route is a great, cost-effective way to start your career in surveying. The Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (CSTT) is an independent charity that supports young people who are finding it difficult to start their surveying career. RICS works in partnership with the CSTT to help young people become surveyors via an apprenticeship scheme that counts towards the RICS Associate qualification (AssocRICS). As an apprentice, you can learn on the job, build up knowledge and skills, gain qualifications and earn money, all at the same time.

How it works

If you’re aged 16 to 24 and live in England or Wales, and need help to start your surveying career, you can start working for a surveying company sourced by CSTT on the apprenticeship scheme for two years. After registering for the RICS Associate qualification online, you will then work four days a week, and attend college one day a week to undertake an Advanced Apprenticeship in Surveying, which helps you to gain the following qualifications: • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Surveying, Property and Maintenance • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Surveying Once you’ve completed the apprenticeship and two years’ work experience, you then take the assessment to qualify as an RICS Associate. Studying part-time as a CSTT Managed Student may then lead you on the road to chartered surveyor status.

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My first experience of rural surveying was at 17, when I undertook two weeks of work experience with Lacy, Scott and Knight. I enjoyed this experience so much, I knew from then I wanted to be a rural surveyor. I went on to study a BSc (Hons) degree at Harper Adams University in Rural Enterprise and Land Management. My current role involves a wide range of rural practice – including Agricultural Services, Compensation & Compulsory Purchase, Estate Management, Farm Agency, Farm Machinery Auctions, Agricultural Law & Tenancies, Environmental Schemes, Planning and Valuations.

I really enjoy the variety of work that rural “surveying can offer. It is the excitement of not knowing what challenges are ahead via a telephone call or the next person walking through the door.

That element of the job is challenging but also excites me to be able to help clients in a variety of ways. I enjoy working as an agricultural department at Lacy, Scott and Knight and also working solely on my own, being responsible for my own standards and meeting client’s deadlines. To become chartered was a feeling of absolute relief and great pride. The moment when I saw the email to say I had qualified will stick with me forever. I proved to myself that I am responsible, competent and able to carry out work at a high standard. The APC process was tough and I am glad I have come out successfully on the other side. It has opened an array of opportunities for my working career which I must continue to work hard for to achieve. Following this hard work, it was an honour to achieve RICS status. It allows me to work in a profession that expects a high standard. To become an RICS professional is my biggest achievement to date.

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Andrew Milne MRICS Senior Surveyor, Asset and Property Management Dunlop Heywood Following a short period of work experience at a property company in London, I was sure that surveying was a career I wanted to pursue. While studying for my A-levels, I looked at two courses that would offer me a clear route into the profession; Land Management at Reading University and Estate Management at Northumbria University. In the end I chose Northumbria because its course format - which was a three-year sandwich course - really appealed to me. The course was excellent, and I definitely benefitted hugely from taking a course that allowed me hands-on industry experience. Firstly, it helped me to understand how to put theory into practice (which certainly improved my results because I had a deeper understanding of the work), but also, it exposed me to the variety of the career options and different specialisms available. Following graduation, I joined a property company, Merchant Place, where I spent five years and qualified as a chartered surveyor, before moving on to Dunlop Heywood.

The profession is a fairly practical one – you’re “usually out on site or at an inspection, which means you’re out and about a lot and not always in an office which is great.

Additionally, the work tends to be extremely sociable. Right from when you start out on a graduate programme, you’re constantly dealing with a whole range of different people and professions, from solicitors to contractors, to the businesses you’re working for. That’s certainly one of the benefits of the job. I would absolutely recommend a career in surveying, particularly if you’re a bit of an all-rounder. There are so many different avenues into the profession that there is undoubtedly a route for everyone. My advice to anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in surveying is to get as much work experience as possible, whether as an internship or contract based, to help you get an idea of the specialism that would suit you best. It’s also important to network – your contact base will be your most valuable asset.

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