At TRIQS Consulting, our team is made up of individuals from a variety of entry points, so for this “Top 5” blog, and to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we’ll be highlighting our Top 5 Tips for Becoming a Quantity Surveying Apprentice.
- Know the difference between the apprenticeship levels
There are multiple levels of apprenticeship, and these have educational equivalents. These are:
- Level 3 – equivalent to 2 passes at A-Level
- Level 4 – equivalent to a foundation degree
- Level 5 – equivalent to a full degree
- Level 6 – equivalent to a bachelor’s degree, offered by universities
- Level 7 – equivalent to a master’s degree, offered by universities
You will need different previous qualifications and experience for the varying levels, so make sure you apply for an apprenticeship that is suitable for you.
- And make sure your apprenticeship is RICS certified
RICS promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. Choosing a RICS accredited course means your programme is globally recognised, and therefore will broaden your career opportunities post-apprenticeship.
We work with University College of Estate Management to provide accredited apprenticeships.
- Manage your time well
Since you will be balancing time in the workplace and studying, it is important to create structure that you know you can keep to. Your line manager can help with this, but there are many free apps and resources to keep in mind as well, including Trello, Focus, Asana and Google Task.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn from those around you!
The people you are working with have often been in the quantity surveying and construction industry for many years, and they may have even been apprentices themselves! Asking questions will also aid in your learning and development, and of course will help you get to know your colleagues.
- Make the most of networking opportunities
As well as the people you work with, you will make valuable connections at your training provider and with the other businesses your employer works with. Having a good network can help you be the first to hear about new opportunities following your apprenticeship!
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