Quantity surveyors are the cost managers of construction and during this Apprenticeship you will be trained to manage and control financial aspects of the construction process. Quantity surveyors are initially involved with the capital expenditure phase of a building or facility, which is the feasibility, design and construction phases, but they can also be involved with the extension, refurbishment, maintenance and demolition of a facility. Quantity surveyors work in all sectors of the construction industry worldwide.
The duties of a quantity surveyor can include the analysis, preparation and management of all costs, from initial build cost assessments though to site completion, as well as the management of sub-contracts and materials required to make a construction project as effective as possible.
Within this Apprenticeship, you will have training sessions at City College Plymouth one day a week, term-time, to give you the skills and knowledge required to succeed in the industry. You will also receive direct training from the business you are employed by for your Apprenticeship which will work with the College to ensure you are reaching your maximum potential via regular workplace observations and reviews.
An Apprenticeship is broken down into three learning categories – skills, knowledge and behaviours. For this Apprenticeship you will cover the following:
- Apply health and safety issues to all activities
- Demonstrate application of the principles of sustainability
- Assist in the implementation of the most appropriate solutions for construction projects
- Be able to apply different types of contracts to different situations
- Assist in the selection of and negotiation with specialist contractors for a construction project
- Assist in the measurement and costing of construction works during a project
- Assist in the preparation of financial reports, cash flow and cost forecasts for a construction project
- Assist in the collection, collation and storage of relevant data and its analysis
- Understand the principles and responsibilities imposed by law and other regulations in a construction environment
- Understand the sustainability issues in projects across economic, social and environmental aspects
- Understand different construction techniques and materials and the principles of design
- Understand different forms of contracts used in construction and why they are applied in different situations
- Understand the different types of procurement process and negotiation requirements
- Understand the importance of controlling costs during a construction project and the effect of changes to the project
- Understand the various forms of reporting on project progress
- Understand and apply the Code of Conduct and conduct regulations, ethics and professional standards relevant to industry’s recognised professional bodies
- Identify your own development needs and take action to meet those needs. Use own knowledge and expertise to help others when requested
- Understand the importance of equality and diversity and demonstrate these attributes so as to meet the requirements of fairness at work
- Be able to contribute effectively to meetings and present information in a variety of ways including oral and written
- Be able to assist in planning to avoid conflict and resolving issues that do arise
- Be able to work with others in a collaborative and non-confrontational way
- Be able to identify areas for improvement and suggest innovative solutions
You will be taught, guided and assessed on the above topics over the duration of your Apprenticeship to prepare for your achievement. This will be done via tutor practical sessions and visits at the workplace from your designated assessor who will ensure you are competent in the job you are doing.
To undertake this Apprenticeship you will be required to undergo an assessment with the course lecturer. This is nothing to worry about! The tutor will have a conversation with you in order to assess your employability skills and your keenness to learn. They will also want to find out about any prior knowledge you may have. The assessment may include a practical task and a short workbook of basic questions about the industry.
If you do not already hold a GCSE at a grade 4-9 (A-C) or Functional Skill (level 1 – 2) in English and maths then you will be asked to complete a short assessment to determine what level you are currently working at. The results from this, combined with your tutor meeting, will ascertain whether we will be able to accept you onto an Apprenticeship and work with you to find an employer to begin your learning journey.
Employers may set their entry requirements higher than this and often require five A-C/equivalent GCSEs, a previous construction qualification or previous work experience within the industry. This is all dependent on the individual employer.
In order to achieve your Apprenticeship you will need to complete an end-point assessment. The end-point assessment is the name given to a series of tests you must take to prove your ability to do the job you have been training for. These tests take place at the end of the Apprenticeship following a period of training and development.
This Apprenticeship has an expected duration of 36 months, however this may vary depending on your readiness to sit the end-point assessment.
This industry offers many ongoing career development opportunities to suit your own particular interests. Upon successful completion of this Apprenticeship you could enter full-time employment as a qualified quantity surveyor.
By applying for this position you will go through the College’s assessments and once successful, you will be assigned a Business Engagement Officer who will guide you into employment by supporting you to find the best-suited workplace.