Northen Surveying Services Ltd

Apprentice Quantity Surveyor (Quantity Surveying and Construction Pathway) - Degree (Level 6)

Northen Surveying Services Ltd (Employer)

University College of Estate Management (Training Provider)

Weekly wage £239.56
40.0 hours per week Monday-Friday, Times TBD (- 1x 8-hour university day). Daily 8-working hours not including lunch.
57 months (duration)
1 July 2021(start date)
Chartered surveyor (apprenticeship standard)
14 March 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Quantum Leap via a Degree Apprenticeship – Earn while you learn to be a Chartered Quantity Surveyor. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate.


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

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.”

Reality Check

  • Applicants must have lived in the 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

Skills Required

  • 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

Qualities Required

  • 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

Qualifications Required

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.

Training Provided

On-the-job training:

  • Measurement - Taking off quantities from drawings on a PC.
  • Construction technology experience on hundreds of projects, across most construction sectors e.g. residential, retail, education, health and industrial.
  • Supporting Major construction contractors’ projects preparing Bill of Quantity.
  • Cost Management –support to Cost managers on client projects. (later years of course)
  • Support expert witness in Dispute resolution or case

Off-the-job training and assessment:

Off-the-job training will be provided by the University College of Estate Management (UCEM). You will achieve a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying. Rather than attending formal lectures or classes, you’ll study using UCEM’s state-of-the-art online learning environment and digital library, supported with guidance from highly experienced tutors.

Upon completion of the BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and the structured workplace learning you will undertake the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence leading to registration with the RICS as a Chartered Surveyor.

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