National Apprenticeship Week 2023: Higher and degree apprenticeships at UWE Bristol

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Ryan from CMS Project Managers and Surveyors talks about the Chartered Surveyor (Quantity Surveyor) higher and degree apprenticeship from an employer’s perspective.  Here’s what he had to say.

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Question 1: What are the main benefits of the apprenticeship programme for your business and the learners?

The candidates get both a degree and chartered status at the end of the apprenticeship, which is important for them. Plus, the company gains a skilled workforce with the chartered status that’s recognised throughout the industry. It also enables the company to keep up to date with what’s taught about the subject academically. This then ensures that we implement this in the work we carry out for clients.”

Question 2: Do you have any advice to other employers considering this?

The five-year duration allows for a cycle to be created. We have one apprentice, who will be sitting his APC in spring next year, and another in the middle of their course. We’ll also be looking for another school leaver soon to enrol on the course to ensure the cycle is maintained. Given the difficulties in attracting and retaining quantity surveying talent, this apprenticeship scheme offers us a fantastic opportunity to generate high-quality, homegrown talent.

Question 3: What led you to sign up for the apprenticeship programme with UWE Bristol and were there any barriers for you as an employer in doing this?

Several of our staff studied at UWE Bristol and the apprenticeship programme offers a fantastic way for students to not only get a degree but also chartered status.   

Question 4: How will apprenticeships shape the future of your business?

They are already shaping the future of our business by progressing into senior roles within the company. This is allowing us to grow as they’re familiar with our systems and processes and have the qualifications to reassure our clients of the high standards we work to.

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