Trainee Residential Surveyor Programme
Trading since 1989, e.surv is the UK’s largest and leading provider of residential valuation and property risk services. Employing over 600 RICS-registered surveyors across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, e.surv completes the equivalent of one property inspection every 12 seconds. With industry-leading technology, nationwide postcode coverage and a wealth of property risk expertise, e.surv could be a great choice for your next career move.
In 2016, we undertook the most ambitious IT overhaul in our history, working with Solihull-based property risk software specialists, eTech. It's part of our commitment to investing in technology designed to generate process efficiencies for our clients and customers, together with improved work/life balance for our surveyors. We're part of LSL Property Services Plc Group of companies, which includes household names, YOUR MOVE and Reeds Rains, as well as the mortgage broker network, Primis. We work with lenders, intermediaries, social housing entities, and estate agents, as well as private customers.
As the future of e.surv, our trainee 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. If you’re thinking of training to be a residential surveyor, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve worked with our most experienced technical experts to develop a comprehensive training programme which gives our Trainees exposure to a wide range of property types and scenarios. You’ll also benefit from an established mentoring scheme.
You wouldn’t expect anything less from a business with our heritage, would you? What you might not expect is the friendly and resourceful central team providing invaluable support to all our customers and clients; or the commitment to the personal and professional development of all our people. When you factor in the flexible benefits, Share Save and BAYE schemes, and our fresh approach to incentive earnings, you start to understand that we do things a little differently at e.surv. Do you have that certain something needed to join our team?
Intent on continuing this success, we’re now inviting applications for our 2019 intake of trainees. It’s a good time to become a surveyor, and an even better time to join e.surv.
We’re currently looking for candidates in the following locations:
- Barnsley / Sheffield
- Bradford / Leeds
- Cardiff / Newport
- Redcar / East Teeside
- Ipswitch / Norwich
- Kingston Upon Thames / Sutton
- Medway Towns
- North Devon
- Portsmouth / Southampton
- Stoke on Trent
- Winchester / Salisbury
To be considered for the trainee programme, you will need to be eligible for the 1-year route to AssocRICS accreditation and have a strong base knowledge of Residential Building Pathology. The criteria is:
- A RICS or CIOB accredited degree or post-graduate qualification, plus a minimum of one-year industry relevant work experience.
- A RICS approved HND, HNC, NVQ Level 3 diploma, BTEC or foundation degree, plus a minimum of two years of industry relevant work experience.
- 4+ years of industry relevant experience.
A full list of the criteria can be found on the RICS website, https://www.rics.org/uk/join/new-associate-assocrics/
We are also interested in applications from candidates who have completed the SAVA Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation.
Our Trainee programme provides a highly practical introduction to residential surveying. You’ll be supported throughout the process via a combination of ongoing practical assessment, classroom-based training, and mentoring. You’ll spend approximately ten months shadowing our highly skilled surveyors and you’ll gain plenty of practical experience, allowing you to work through a variety of key competencies, including valuation and building pathology.
Armed with your knowledge and practical understanding, your mentor and supervisor will support you in preparation for your AssocRICS assessment. The assessment will lead to RICS Associate membership and demonstrates your competence to practice as an AssocRICS surveyor. This process takes approximately one year, during which you’ll obtain the necessary professional skills, knowledge and practical exposure to meet the requirements of becoming a residential surveyor.
Have you got that certain something needed to join our team?
- Do you meet the eligibility criteria?
- Do you have a genuine passion for property and strong pathology knowledge?
- Do you have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Are you able to work as part of a team and build effective working relationships?
- Do you have strong problem solving and analytical skills, initiative and a proactive approach?
What’s in it for you?
Naturally, we expect you to work hard, learn quickly, ask lots of questions, and have some fun along the way. In return, you’ll benefit from the support and expertise of our experienced team, together with a competitive salary and a benefits package that includes:
- Sponsorship for the AssocRICS qualification (including payment of all RICS fees)
- Company car or car allowance
- 25 days paid holiday plus bank holidays (after AssocRICS qualification)
- Private medical insurance (after AssocRICS qualification)
- Death in service assurance
- Share incentive schemes
Don’t just take our word for it – we’re a little bit biased. So, we asked a few of our recent Trainees to tell us what they think about life at e.surv.
“No two days are the same on the trainee programme. I’ve really benefited from the variety of site visits and day trips and being able to shadow qualified MRICS surveyors was invaluable. The one-on-one mentoring process helped to enrich 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 as well as the other trainees.”
Lily Stratton – Former AssocRICS, now MRICS Surveyor
“For me, the most positive aspects of e.surv’s trainee programme, are the excellent training and continued support I received from my mentors. The team provided me with clear and structured stages of training and development, undoubtedly easing my transition to AssocRICS qualification.”
Kevin Cunningham – AssocRICS Surveyor
“The e.surv trainee programme encourages you to take a very hands-on approach to your personal development. As well as attaining a professional qualification, you’re rewarded for your ambition and a willingness to learn. The mentoring system provided me with crucial on-the-job training experience that I’m now able to apply on a day-to-day basis. It allowed me to establish a solid platform on which I can build my knowledge.”
Scott McIntosh – AssocRICS Surveyor
We may be big, but e.surv has always been about quality, not quantity. To apply for a place on our Trainee programme, you must meet eligibility criteria. You will have, or be predicted to obtain a RICS/CIOB accredited Degree/Masters or international equivalent. Alternatively, you will have 4+ years of employed experience in Estate Agency, Property Management or a Surveying related discipline.
How to apply
If you’d like to apply for a place on our Trainee Residential Surveyor Programme, please email Sarah Shanks-Pell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your location preference from our list of advertised locations in your covering letter.
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