University College of Estate Management (UCEM) – leading provider of supported online learning for Built Environment professionals – today (Wednesday 16 March) announced its collaboration with Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (CSTT) to develop and deliver Surveying Technician and Chartered Surveyor apprenticeship programmes.
CSTT is an educational charity, which provides life-changing opportunities for young people aged between 16 and 24 to become Charted Surveyors – regardless of their social or financial circumstances. UCEM’s programmes are taught by academics that are leading practitioners in their field, and are designed to meet the growing global demand from employers and students for high-quality, affordable and flexible learning.
Together UCEM and CSTT are delivering academic programmes, which are fully mapped to the Government’s relevant Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards – at Level 3 and Level 6. The Level 3 apprenticeship is broadly equivalent to 2 A-Levels; an additional credit-bearing unit on ‘Core Skills’ is included to support the students’ academic development – with topics such as ‘how to read actively and critically’. The level 6 apprenticeship includes a BSc Honours degree. Both apprenticeships are linked to, and include, the achievement of a professional qualification – AssocRICS for the Level 3 and MRICS for the Level 6.
Level 3 Surveying Technician apprentices undertake a new six module Diploma in Surveying over a two-year period. There are specialist elective modules in the second year that provide Real Estate, Quantity Surveying and Building Surveying pathway options. The taught programme is delivered through a combination of online activities – hosted on UCEM’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – and monthly full-day workshop sessions; which create opportunities to apply learning and to engage creatively in the subject matter. Assessment is through computer marked assignments and portfolios of evidence.
Level 6 Chartered Surveyor apprentices complete one of the following UCEM degrees as part of their apprenticeship: BSc (Hons) Building Surveying, BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying or BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management – all of which are accredited by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The four-year apprenticeship includes the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), which enables apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship to achieve chartered membership of RICS – enabling them to use the MRICS designation.
Commenting on the collaboration, Richard Carter, Chairman of CSTT, said: “We are delighted to be working with UCEM to develop and deliver a series of academic programmes to support our surveying apprenticeships. UCEM shares a very similar outlook to us – nurturing today’s younger generation and delivering talent to the Built Environment – and I look forward to collaborating with them to provide even more young people with life-changing opportunities.”
Ashley Wheaton, Principal at UCEM, said: “We are thrilled to be joining forces with CSTT, in encouraging and supporting today’s young people to consider a career in the Built Environment. First and foremost, we are looking forward to supporting individuals on their path to a brighter future and helping them to secure a profession for life. We are also very excited about the prospect of long term collaboration with CSTT in the future and will be exploring innovative ways of widening participation and increasing diversity in the sector.”
Over 130 apprentices have already started on the new programmes and at least 170 more are expected to start in 2016. There is likely to be even further demand once the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy starts in April 2017. For more information on the programmes please take a look at Trailblazer Apprenticeships.