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The launch of a new apprenticeship scheme by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (CSTT) is offering an alternative option to university education

which will benefit students and employers alike. As part of its commitment to Fairer Access to the Professions, RICS is working in partnership with the CSTT to offer an apprenticeship scheme to 16-24 year olds which will count towards RICS Associate membership. CSTT is an independent charity which provides support to young people who face barriers to embarking on a potential career in surveying.

The apprenticeship scheme will run over a period of two years, during which time each apprentice is employed on a salaried basis within a surveying firm or similar organisation. The Associate Apprentice Scheme is government funded through the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and although initially only available in England, it is hoped that the scheme will be rolled out across the UK.

The Associate Apprenticeship will offer:

• NVQ3 Surveying, Property Maintenance (or future equivalent)

• Technical certificate in Surveying (or future equivalent)

Participating apprentices will be eligible for RICS Trainee membership and will qualify as an RICS Associate upon completion of the apprenticeship and two years’ concurrent work experience, together with successful completion of the Associate Assessment. After completion of the Associate qualification there is also the


opportunity for the apprentice to move on to a CSTT Managed Student Service, studying part-time to achieve Chartered status.

Richard Carter, Chairman of the CSTT and Partner of Martin Associates, has spoken about his experience with the trust. When Carter left school at 16 years old he had few prospects, but he got on board with the Chartered Surveyors Trainee Trust and is astounded by what he has achieved; just two years ago he was elected to the Court of the Worshipful Company of Surveyors.

Expanding on why it is paramount for companies not to cut back on welcoming apprentices, Richard said: “As a matter of fact, it is highly convenient for companies to take on trainees. Apprentices learn whilst working in the same way graduates do, but the firms pay them a fraction of the cost. Further benefits include the young age of the trainees, who can be shaped and moulded according to the company’s needs in addition to their growing sense of loyalty towards the employer.

“In my experience a trainee can be earning fees for the organisation within two years. Those companies that are planning for growth after the recession are actually embracing the apprenticeship scheme and utilising it to fulfil their assistant surveyor level. This is definitely the right way to go. With this being the case, the trainee will

be providing a much greater level of value than a graduate surveyor.”

Discussing how difficult it is for apprentices to get placements in the current economic climate, Richard said: “Now that money is tight, many organisations are looking at our apprenticeship scheme as greater value than graduate recruitment. As the only surveying apprenticeship provider we are at the forefront of supplying surveying apprentices to the industry. With the high level of work we do with trainees prior to their placement, we are always confident in placing the best possible trainee to meet the organisations needs. Resulting from these placements, we are proud of our success rate in creating the next generation of Chartered Surveyors.”

CSTT is currently seeking key Employer Partners to help develop its charitable work and to develop initiatives that will provide further opportunities for young people to commence their surveying careers. Employer Partners are sought across the following disciplines; quantity surveying and construction, building surveying, valuation, commercial property and residential property.

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