Quantity Surveying Apprenticeship - Degree (Level 6)

TfL (Employer)

National Apprenticeship Service (Training Provider)

Annual wage £22,938.00
35.0 hours per week Monday to Friday, times to be confirmed.
66 months (duration)
6 September 2021(start date)
Chartered surveyor (apprenticeship standard)
2 positions available
12 March 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Quantity surveyors are at the heart of London's growth transforming our infrastructure. We need the next generation of quantity surveyors to develop solutions for the city's challenges of today, from mass urbanisation to diminishing resources. You'll work with internal and external stakeholders to ensure value for money is being achieved.


As a Quantity Surveyor your work is crucial within a project team as one of the biggest challenges our network faces are upgrading an infrastructure which dates back to 1863 whilst continuing to run an efficient service. As we look to modernise our assets, you'll be involved in projects which extend our network, improve our stations to enhance station capacity, purchasing new trains and buses to enhance customer experience, improving the reliability of the network via technology updates, reducing times between services and developing new entrances in stations to reduce congestion and support London’s population. As an apprentice, your development programme will be made up of up to 7 placement rotations. Our aim is to equip you with the range of skills and experience you need for your successful career. We also understand that everyone’s career is different, so every apprentice’s journey is unique. Here’s an idea of what yours could look like: 

Year 1: 

Placement 1 - Road Improvements - Surface Directorate - 6 months – Reviewing a feasibility report on changing a section of London road to a pedestrian route only, Creating a cost plan and budget to understand if these works are a business priority, engaging an expert engineer to check the influence of removing a road from the London network. 

Placement 2 - Procurement Team – Commercial and Finance Directorate - 6 months - Writing a procurement strategy for new signalling equipment on the Metropolitan line, undertaking early market engagement and checking what technology improvements are available, Writing an ‘invitation to tender’, commencing a procurement and advertising the works to potential bidders. 

Year 2: 

Placement 1 - Accessibility Programme – 6 months – Reviewing and negotiating change via contract admin.  Reviewing and approving month applications.  Cost reporting and forecasting. 

Placement 2 - Track Maintenance – Operations Directorate - 6 months - Reviewing a train requirement after technical inspection, placing an order to repair a part/section of track on our network, paying a contractor who has completed the works or repairs. 

After your first 2 years on the scheme, the 6 monthly placements will move to yearly placements which will allow you to tailor and choose placements based on preferred specialism. 

Future Prospects

On completion of your Level 6 apprenticeship, you will gain a Degree in Quantity Surveying along with an accreditation and full Professional Membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS). Apprentices tend to become Commercial Managers or Senior Commercial Managers. 

The skills you develop during your apprenticeship are highly transferrable to specialisms including Project Management, Dispute and Dispute Resolution Professionals, Forensic Planning and Cost Analysis, Contract Administration and opening your own practice.  

MRICS status is worldwide - not just UK based making this a truly international opportunity.  

Reality Check

You must be 18 years of age by 6th September 2021 or over to be eligible for this scheme due to  due to Health and Safety requirements.

In return for your commitment and expertise, you will enjoy excellent benefits and scope to grow. Rewards vary according to the business area but mostly include: 

  • Travel concessions - Oyster card covering zones 1-6 (covering London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, Tramlink and London's bus services displaying a red roundel)
  • 29 days annual leave plus public and bank holidays
  • Retail, health, leisure and travel offers
  • 75% reimbursement of annual standard class season ticket loans if you use National Rail services to travel to and from work
  • Discounted Eurostar travel
  • Pension scheme
  • Cycle2work scheme - tax efficient savings to reduce tax and National Insurance if you cycle to work

Skills Required

Our talented apprentices form a vital part of that vision, so it’s important that we find the best people to help us do this. We’re looking for people who are:

  • Highly motivated and have a willingness to learn 
  • Creative in their approach to problem solving  
  • Enthusiastic and have an inquisitive mind 

As a member of the team, we’ll give you responsibility and the opportunity to add value. If you’re excited by inspiring and influencing the future of London then this is the career path for you.

Qualities Required

We’re looking for potential in all of our apprentices. We are looking for somebody who can demonstrate our behaviours which are Active, Accountable, Direct, Fair and Consistent and Collaborative.

Qualifications Required

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s Grade A* - C or Grade 9-4 and above including maths and English language (or equivalents). Plus, a minimum of three A levels at A* - C or equivalent. 

You are not eligible for this scheme if you currently hold or are working towards a qualification at the same or higher level in a related subject or have already studied content from the qualification for this scheme. 

Training Provided

Training Provider to be confirmed.

You will be working towards a Level 6 qualification as a Chartered Surveyor. Typically, you will be required to attend university once a week, currently this is done through remote learning.

Whilst on the scheme, we’ll support your technical development through a wide range of on-the-job practical experiences and placements. We’ll also support your professional development through a combination of classroom-led training courses, online training courses, mentoring opportunities and structured networking opportunities. You will receive one-to-one support throughout the programme from your scheme sponsor and your Line Manager. You’ll also be connected to a ‘buddy’ who will be a more experienced apprentice from the scheme. 

We also have an established Graduate and Apprentice Committee as well as an Alumni group, these groups are powerful networks in developing your understanding of the organisation, different apprenticeship schemes and opportunities to develop your career. Many current graduates and apprentices believe this to be a powerful support network and they often hold apprentice only events that are very beneficial to your continued learning.

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