Increased Opportunity For Chartered Surveyor Apprenticeships
The Chartered Surveyor Trailblazer Apprenticeship Group has collaborated with the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education and academia, to increase opportunities for those looking to join the surveying professions.
People with any form of undergraduate degree will now be able to access degree level surveying apprenticeships, giving them an opportunity to earn whilst they learn.
The opportunity has come through the expansion of the apprentice stand, which now includes all levels of RICS accredited qualifications and to those on non RICS accredited degree courses, allowing them to undertake a RICS accredited postgraduate programme and the APC to achieve Chartered status.
The Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship standard now has three distinct apprenticeship pathways:
- Building Surveying
- Quantity Surveying & Project Management; and
The widening of who can now apply for an apprenticeship was done to ‘enable employers to recruit graduates from non-surveying degree programmes to help widen socio-economic backgrounds in real estate’.
Employers are able to obtain funding either through the Apprenticeship Levy, the Government Apprenticeship funding or Levy Transfer. The funding up to a maximum of £27,000 per apprentice, includes the accredited qualification and the RICS APC.
Chris Welch FRICS, Chair of Trailblazer group, Partner, G&T said:
“Historically, G&T’s intake of graduates has consisted of 50% non-cognate degree holders from a variety of backgrounds, bringing to the firm a different set of skills and knowledge.
“The change in the surveying apprenticeship standards will enable us to widen the pool of talent further and inspire an even more diverse group of graduates to enter the profession.
“Working closely with regulated partner universities, G&T will be utilising Levy funds to support apprenticeships at this level, with a high level of cost savings per academic year.
Sean Tompkins, Chief Executive, RICS said:
“These important changes to the Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship aim to inspire graduates qualified in broader disciplines to choose a surveying career ensuring we recruit the brightest and the best talent into the profession whatever their background.
“The changes to the apprenticeship standard encourage employers of all sizes to put a wider group of graduates through the APC and to recruit graduates from non-surveying degree programmes to increase diversity of graduates entering the surveying profession”