Surveying Apprenticeships

Anonymous - Posted: 14th of August 2010

Still want a career in the construction industry but not sure if your such a hands on person to actually tackle the physical element of it? Well a future in surveying may just be mapped out for you with an apprenticeship in this varied career. 

What are Surveying Apprenticeships all about? 

There are two routes for you to go down in this apprenticeship, starting in Spatial Data or surveying, property and maintenance. Spatial Data is about collecting data and mapping the shape of natural and artificial features on civil engineering and construction schemes and using this as the basis for site plans. 

As a Spatial Data surveyor, you'll have the opportunity to work on roads, tunnels, bridges, mines, quarries, land development projects and the installation of power and water supplies. The surveying, property and maintenance route contains five pathways of specialisation: maintenance, quantity surveying, general practice, building surveying and valuation.

Depending on your pathway you, you could learn how to assess the condition of a property or help manage the development of land. Whichever you decide, surveying is an advanced apprenticeship but one that could lead you in any number of directions. You could end up becoming a surveyor in building, quantity, valuation or Spatial Data! 

Is a Surveying Apprenticeship ideal for me?

To be a surveyor, you need to good with numbers and measurements as you will be expected to do a lot of analysing of construction schemes and there's no point in entering if you're going to be telling companies it's fine to start building all over that Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty!

Surveying is a cooperative operation, so good interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team are definitely important. Good office skills also are essential, because surveyors must be able to research old deeds and other legal papers and prepare reports that document their work. 

What is the path after Surveying Apprenticeships?

The nature of your learning will depend on your employer's scope of operation and which area of surveying you decide to train in. As an apprentice, you will probably learn health and safety; how to manage your own workload; how to help assess the condition of a property; how to help monitor the maintenance of the property; and how to collect, analyse and present measured survey data. You may also have the option to learn other skills like cost control, solving disputes, and building regulations.

There will be a single craft qualification for the Apprenticeship Framework and two single qualifications for the Advanced Apprenticeship Framework, one at craft and one at technician. Each qualification will generally include the necessary mandatory framework components that include a competence component, a knowledge component, Employment Rights and Responsibilities and functional skills.

Recent research carried out in the Sector Skills Council has discovered that there is a massive shortage at present of surveying personnel. So now is a great chance for you to get an opportunity of work in this sector once you qualify! And with a starting salary of 18k in surveying, there's a real chance of making some serious dough out of it!

What vacancies are there?

Check out our surveying apprenticeship vacancies section to find the right opportunity for you!

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