SDL Surveying launches apprenticeship scheme

Jake Carter

September 17, 2021

National residential surveying and valuations firm SDL Surveying has launched an apprenticeship scheme, in conjunction with Nottingham Trent University.

The Level 6 Chartered Surveyor (Real Estate) Degree Apprenticeship is designed for both school leavers and existing employees who do not currently have a relevant degree.

SDL Surveying will work with the university to take students through both the vocational and theoretical content of the course.

Students will be placed within SDL Surveying for a duration of five years. In years one to three, they will be rotated around various departments, providing them with rounded business knowledge and experience.

In years four and five, they will work with SDL’s audit and technical teams to gain more specific surveying knowledge – each student will have a mentor from the business, and they will shadow experienced surveyors on site.

At the end of the five years, they will have achieved a degree-level qualification and MRICS accreditation.

SDL currently has three apprentice surveyors working through the course out of its Nottingham offices, Tom Walford, Caitlin True and James Morris.

Simon Jackson, managing director of SDL Surveying, said: “This is a brand-new initiative for SDL Surveying and we’re working closely with Nottingham Trent University to run an excellent course and to ensure our apprentices get the type of learning and experience they need in order to start their careers as surveyors.

“We’re pleased to have Tom, Caitlin and James currently working out of our Nottingham office as our first students and they’ll be learning everything there is to know about what we do and what is required as a surveyor.

“There is always a gap for excellent surveyors, and we believe with this course we’ll be delivering a growing number of next-generation professionals who will set the highest of standards in the work they go on to carry out.

“These three are just the first of many who will benefit from this new scheme.”

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