Meet Clare Crocker and Charlie Snow, two of our trainee surveyors, working towards their RICS qualifications through their apprenticeship with Symonds & Sampson.
RICS have recently started new apprenticeship schemes in partnership with the University College of Estate Management (UCEM) through which by the end of the course, students will be able to submit for an RICS qualification. Students can undertake studies from Diploma Level (level 3) up to Graduate level (level 6) with UCEM also guiding you through the RICS submission and qualification process.
The scheme allows students to gain practical knowledge working alongside professionals who have a wealth of knowledge within their industry. The benefit of learning whilst working is that everything which is learnt from a textbook is then reinforced in the workplace and quite literally, puts everything into context. Furthermore, the personal financial benefit also makes this route much more attractive than going to university as students are able to earn whilst learning and don’t incur any student debt.
Symonds & Sampson LLP currently have two employees on these apprenticeship schemes - one on the Level 3 Diploma with the hope of graduating and qualifying as ‘AssocRICS’ and another on the Degree Level 6, again hopefully graduating and qualifying as ‘MRICS’ Chartered Surveyor.
A few words from current students;
Clare Crocker - Assistant Building Surveyor
I decided to go into building surveying as I have a love of rural and architectural buildings. I started researching surveying courses and came across UCEMs collaboration with the RICS which ran alongside full-time employment. This seemed like a perfect option as I would be able to work and gain a qualification as well as the opportunity to take my AssocRICS within a year of graduating, with a view to following on and doing my BSc in Building Surveying on the way to becoming a chartered surveyor.
Charlie Snow - Trainee Surveyor
I fell in to the real estate industry when I was 18 years old. Having returned from three months of travelling, I decided that I didn’t want to go to university and instead started working as a residential estate agent in Taunton. Within a couple of months, I knew that I really enjoyed the industry and property in general but that I also wanted to progress my knowledge and understanding of both property and construction. I started looking at different schemes and came across UCEMs collaboration with the RICS and CSTT to produce an apprenticeship scheme which would provide me with a BSc in Real Estate Management as well as the opportunity to take my APC six months after the completion of my degree with a view to becoming a fully qualified chartered surveyor or MRICS.
Symonds & Sampson are always keen to hear from enthusiastic individuals looking to start or further their career in property, drop into your local office to discuss the possibilities.