Apprentice Surveyor

33, Margaret Street, London, W1G 0JD
£19,000.00 annually
02 Jul 2019
20 Jul 2019
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
A building surveyor apprenticeship is available in the Savills building and project consultancy division, within the design and contract administration team (DCA). The DCA team undertake refurbishment and fit-out projects, defects analysis, maintenance and licence-to-alter for existing properties, across the residential, commercial, retail and industrial sectors. We work with a wide range of property types and ages, including listed buildings.

Our clients include commercial landlords, institutional investors and funds; with instructions generally within Central London or the South East. We manage projects through feasibility, specification, tender and management on site to completion; with contract values ranging from £20,000 to £5 million.

Candidates should have an interest in property and architecture in general, particularly in the development and refurbishment of properties. They will have a keen attention for detail and design; as well as the ability to undertake administration and management of finances in relation to project works being undertaken.

Day to day work would include taking a very practicalproactive role in property management, this is a varied role which will include the following:
  • Carry out regular property inspections
  • Be responsible for preparing in advance for client meetings, recording minutes of those meetings and carrying out any actions arising
  • Ensure accurate client reports are prepared to the correct specifications and issued to clients in accordance with agreed timescales
  • Reading and summarising leases and entering data onto the property management system, regularly checking and auditing the accuracy of the data
  • Take a proactive approach in terms of asset management opportunities and the exploring of potential initiatives
  • Advance planning for critical lease date events including reviews, lease expiries and options and assisting with an implementation strategy for these
  • Ensuring tenant arrears are proactively managed in conjunction with the central Savills credit control team
  • Dealing with client and tenant queries in a timely manner
  • Draft, review and approve service charge budgets
  • Review service charge cash flow and budget regularly
  • Liaise with the building managers and regional facilities managers to ensure that buildings are well maintained at all times
  • Identify and progress opportunities for cross selling activities
  • Identify opportunities for providing additional services to clients
  • Build strong working relationships with the existing clients

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Good communication and organisational skills are vital to succeed as an apprentice. You will need the ability to manage a varied workload working as part of a team while also having plenty of your own initiative, and be passionate about delivering the best service possible for your team. Knowledge of CAD software would be an advantage, but is not essential.
  • Word and Excel skills
  • Good written reporting, presentation and numerical skills are essential
  • Excellent communication skills, both spoken and written
  • Good attention to detail
  • Able to work individually or as part of a team
  • Punctual, reliable, keen and enthusiastic
  • Thirst for knowledge and self motivated

Personal qualities

An outgoing, sociable and presentable individual is required.They need to be proactive and confident with the ability to effectively communicate with colleagues, clients, other consultants and contractors. It is intended that the individual will become client facing over time and therefore communication and interpersonal skills are very important

Desired qualifications

For standard entry applicants, must have obtained 96 UCAS tariff points (2017 Tariff) or 230 UCAS tariff points (2016 Tariff) or have an equivalent level of attainment through recognised qualifications not included in the UCAS Tariff


Have completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Surveying or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction Technical through which a Construction and Built Environment Diploma with a minimum DD profile was obtained or through which a Construction and Built Environment Extended Diploma with a minimum MMM profile was obtained, or an equivalent qualification


Have a current RICS Associate qualification (AssocRICS)


Have GCSE Grade C or above in English and mathematics (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) or an equivalent Level 2 qualification in English and mathematics as defined by the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England.

*Recognised qualifications having an equivalent level of attainment as those recognised by UCAS include: Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND), professional qualifications from recognised institutions, certain armed forces qualifications and partially completed degrees.

Future prospects

Gain Chartered Surveyor status.

Things to consider

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW):

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