Apprentice Quantity Surveyor (Quantity Surveying and Construction Pathway)

Northen Surveying Services Ltd
Green Farm Business Park Unit 1, Folly Road, Bristol, BS37 9TZ
£239.56 per week
18 Feb 2021
14 Mar 2021
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
Benefits for the applicant:
  • Earn while you learn, the role offers a day release to enable you to study for a Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying. Off-the-job training via day release over 5 years, studying at the University College of Estate Management (UCEM). This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and CIOB, CABE and ICES
  • Successful apprentices will become chartered Members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)
  • Smart way to gain a degree - the government and employer pay your tuition fees
  • Small company with 6 years' experience of mentoring apprentices
  • A good work/life balance - average hours are Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm
  • The opportunity to gain construction technology experience on hundreds of projects, across most construction sectors e.g. residential, retail, education, health and industrial

Daily tasks:
  • Taking off quantities from drawings on a PC
  • Providing support to major contractors/estimators/commercial managers/QS
  • Supporting smaller contractors on complete projects, or secondment to larger contractors, for part of off-the-job training to gain RICS accreditation.
  • Studying online or in person via training courses for additional off-the-job training, to support RICS professional development
  • Balance work and studying for the degree and RICS accreditation also, in your own time. One day study release a week for university course studying online

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Full working knowledge of Microsoft office, excel, word, outlook, PowerPoint
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Basic knowledge of construction
  • It would be desirable to have used software such as autocad or navisworks

Personal qualities

  • Comfortable with meeting new people
  • Good at working in a team/Collaboration
  • Positive and enthusiastic about construction, able to organise themselves
  • Driven, punctual and reliable
  • Passion for quality and accuracy
  • Innovator happy to embrace change and use technology
  • Good document presentation skills, cares about their work
  • Good listener able to follow instructions
  • Able to manage their time between College course, RICS course and Work

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

We are building the future at Northen Surveying Services - a career in quantity surveying can take you in so many directions and there is so much to learn. We asked Tarn, who started with us an apprentice in 2018. Tarn said: "I would highly recommend an apprenticeship as it is a great way to develop your knowledge, get experience on the job, and get a qualification at the end. I was eager to start my career and get an education whilst doing so. "Northen is such an inclusive, team-based company and has done an amazing job at developing my communication skills and teamwork skills. I have learnt lots of new skills and gained qualifications that have helped me grow my knowledge about being a quantity surveyor."

Things to consider

  • Applicants must have lived inthe UK for at least 3 years at the start of the course
  • Applicants must have a driving licence and access to a vehicle (rural location and visits to construction sites)
  • Applicant will mainly be dealing with office-based computer work

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