Since we launched our Graduate Residential Surveying Programme in 2012, we've kick-started the careers of over 100 graduate residential surveyors, each of whom has benefited from a well-established mentoring scheme. As the future of the business, our graduate surveyors play a vital role in shaping our company.
Surveying is in our DNA and we’re passionate about inspiring the next generation of property experts. So if you’re thinking of training to be a residential surveyor, you’ve come to the right place.
Working with our most experienced technical experts, we’ve developed a comprehensive training programme that gives our graduates exposure to a wide range of property types and scenarios. You’ll gain the technical knowledge to be able to identify and report upon the wide range of condition and valuation factors that affect residential property.
But along with a practical introduction to residential surveying, you’ll also develop the professional and personal qualities you’ll need to be successful throughout your career. After a full company induction, you’ll begin your journey towards AssocRICS accreditation, supported through a combination of ongoing practical assessment, blended learning, and mentoring.
It’s a formula that we’re proud of and one that’s been working very successfully for the past four years. In fact, our 2013 group of graduates surpassed the industry average by some way with their AssocRICS submissions, raising the bar for both e.surv and the industry as a whole.
On the back of our success, we continue to welcome graduates into the business, using the unique perspective and experience of our current and most recent trainees to help us evolve the programme, year on year.
What can you expect from our graduate residential surveying programme?
Becoming a RICS-accredited surveyor takes time. But in exchange for your hard work and commitment, we offer you a detailed programme and all the benefits of being part of the UK’s largest provider of residential valuation services.
Typically, you’ll have one day a week for study, but the rest of the week will be spent with your mentor. You’ll also have regular contact with your Area Manager, as well as our dedicated Learning and Development team. You’ll spend between 9-12 months shadowing our surveyors, allowing you to work through a variety of key competencies, including valuation, health and safety, building pathology, RICS regulations, and more specific areas such as walls, roofs and building defects. We’ll even introduce you to the vagaries of Japanese knotweed and the challenges of mundic!
We’d like to tell you more here, but it’s a trade secret! Instead, we’d love to talk to you in person – to find out more about you, and how we can help launch your career in residential surveying. Call Matt on (07794) 392858.
How does mentoring work?
Peer-to-peer mentoring plays an invaluable role in nurturing the talents of our trainee surveyors. For us, it’s the element of our training programme that adds the most value, benefiting both the trainee and the mentor. But don’t just take our word for it – we’re a little bit biased.
Justin McKinney (MRICS) is an experienced Chartered Surveyor who nevertheless finds the mentoring process rewarding and insightful,
“Not only is it satisfying to pass on one's knowledge to the next generation of surveyors but I find that I am often forced to look at issues in the field from a fresh perspective. We can all become a little 'set in our ways' and although mentoring may cost me some time during my working day I do feel that, on the whole, the process is refreshing and fulfilling.”
Lily Stratton is now a fully qualified MRICS Surveyor, but has fond memories of her graduate training,
“I really benefited from the variety of site visits and day trips, and being able to shadow qualified MRICS surveyors. The one-on-one mentoring enriched my knowledge and understanding, and gave me an insight into the type of work I’d be undertaking when qualified. Best of all, I felt supported throughout. I’ve got a great support network, having developed valued friendships with my mentors and other trainees.”
And our current trainee surveyors feel the same way.
“It’s great – you’re actively doing the job and getting support and guidance whilst doing so. And it’s not just beneficially in terms of the Surveying aspect – you also develop the mentality to deal with customers daily. You can learn the basics in a classroom at Uni, but there’s nothing like the experience out on the job with your mentor."
“The major benefit of having a mentor is in being able to learn from someone who’s had many years’ experience. They’re able to guide you through the process quickly without compromising the quality. They also show you exactly how to interact with the clients and agents/ vendors.”
Isn’t surveying all paper work and reports?
No, not at all. Of course, there are reports to write, but much of your day is spent out and about, visiting properties and construction sites. You’ll be interacting with people on a daily basis - whether it’s the person who books your appointments, your Area Manager, vendors, neighbours, or colleagues. You’ll also spend time building relationships with local councils, planning authorities etc.
Who or what is the RICS?
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - or the RICS, for short – is the professional industry body that regulates the surveying profession. Members of the RICS are recognised by the designation after their name – FRICS (for Fellow), MRICS (for Member), and AssocRICS (for Associate).The RICS accredits 118,000 professionals and any individual or firm registered with the RICS is subject to its quality assurance. It ensures that the highest educational and professional standards are adhered to, protects clients and consumers via a strict code of ethics, and provides impartial advice and guidance.
What does being ‘Chartered’ mean?
Only members of the RICS with the designation MRICS or FRICS can be known as Chartered surveyors. These designations are given in recognition of the level of knowledge and competence a surveyor has built up over the course of their surveying career.
What happens after you’ve completed the programme?
Armed with your knowledge and practical experience, your mentor and supervisor will support you in preparation for your AssocRICS submission and if you’re successful, subject to you completing the e.surv competency test, you’ll become a qualified AssocRICS surveyor. The whole process takes approximately one year, although exceptional candidates may progress more quickly.
But it doesn’t end there. If you wish to progress, we’ll support you as you move through the competency levels, acquiring the necessary professional skills, knowledge and practical exposure to meet the requirements of the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and become a Chartered residential surveyor.
What does the APC programme entail?
Building on the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired during your AssocRICS training, our APC programme is designed to enhance and develop your capabilities to the standard required of a fully Chartered surveyor. As part of a PLC, we’re able to offer placements with our colleagues in estate agency, giving you invaluable insight into purchase and sale, as well as leasing and letting. Throughout the programme, your Area Manager will act as your designated ‘Counsellor’, ensuring you are fully supported by a highly experienced professional.
Joining our programme
We’ve taken on 22 trainee surveyors this year, but we’re about to open our doors to the next intake. For more information and a confidential chat about our Graduate Residential Surveyor and APC Programmes, please contact Matt Siddons on (07794) 392858.