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Apprentice (Asset Management) Surveying Technician (Level 3)

  • Portsmouth City Council
  • Portsmouth
  • £24362 per annum

We are looking for a Surveying Technician to join our Buildings service to undertake a range of building surveys relating to compliance and property data collection. This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate who is considering embarking on a career in building surveying at an entry level, or someone that is contemplating a career change. There may be further opportunities to develop your career with Portsmouth City Council following successful completion of the apprenticeship.

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  • GMFJ Reference
    251783
  • Wages
    £24,362 p/a
  • Hours
    37.00 per week
  • Date Posted
    03/07/2024
  • Start Date
    02/09/2024
  • Approx. Duration
    27 months

  • Location
    Portsmouth
  • Status
    Now Taking Applications
  • Sector
    Construction
  • Opportunity Type
    Advanced Level 3
  • Apprenticeship Standard
    Surveying technician (ST0332)
  • Employer
    Portsmouth City Council

Description

The Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services Directorate of Portsmouth City Council are responsible for maintaining and undertaking repairs and capital building projects to a stock of nearly 15,000 residential properties, 900 corporate assets as well as delivering the Housing Development pipeline of 350 new homes per year.

To support the delivery of this work we are seeking to recruit to a number of Surveying Apprentice positions. The Building Services team have a strong record in supporting the training and development of our staff having established our Building Surveyor apprenticeship programme 6 years ago. Since its inception we have grown the programme to 19 surveying apprentices and have seen 13 apprentices and graduates gaining Chartership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in recent years.

The apprentice positions offer a fantastic opportunity for those wishing to develop a career in Building Surveying through the provision of fully funded training, gaining of a diverse range of practical experience and the offer of a structured training programme supported by highly experienced Building Surveyors.

No prior experience is required for our apprenticeship roles, we have recruited apprentices from a wide range of backgrounds including those leaving college taking their first steps into employment as well as more mature candidates who may be seeking the opportunity to change careers and retrain.


What is the role?

  • This is a 30 month apprenticeship based in our Asset Management team. Candidates will study for a BTEC Level 3 in Construction & Built Environment, via distance learning the Learning Skills Partnership. While working full time for Portsmouth City Council candidates will gain practical experience undertaking a wide range of building inspections including undertaking Energy Performance Certificates and Asset Management inspections. Upon completion of the apprenticeship candidates will be able to gain AssocRICS membership; and for the right individuals, further training and development opportunities may be available to gain full membership of the RICS or Chartered Institute of Building.

For more information about this vacancy please contact Learning Skills Partnership on 01482338840 (Ref ID: 251783)

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Have excellent communication skills, including:

  • The ability to effectively communicate with customers to arrange appointments and site visits
  • Speaking to customers and stakeholders face to face while summarising the purpose of your visit.
  • Being assertive while dealing professionally with colleagues, service users, third parties and contractors.
  • Be organised, methodical and have an eye for detail when undertaking detailed surveys. Have the ability to prioritise work tasks as appropriate.
  • Have good computer skills to be able to update our stock database quickly and accurately with survey data.
  • Able to work as part of a team to ensure a smooth delivery of the service and be flexible in being able to adapt to the needs of the team.
  • Have a positive attitude towards work, be resilient, embrace change and actively work with your colleagues to improve the service offered to customers.
  • Be able to use information to problem solve, risk assess, ensuring customers and colleagues health and safety
  • You will need to have 5 GCSE Grade A-C or higher including Maths and English.
  • You will need a full driving licence and use of a car as the role will cover all the PCC housing areas. You will be required to carry equipment to undertake surveys and provide proof of vehicle insurance that covers business usage.

As part of your Apprenticeship, you will be enrolled onto a nationally recognised Level-3 Surveying Technician Standard via our training partner, Learning Skills Partnership . Your Apprenticeship typically takes 27 months to complete.

One-day each week will be dedicated entirely to lectures and studying for your apprenticeship qualification. Regular reviews with your training provider, line manager and workplace mentor.

Who is the person?

  • Have an ambition to work in the built environment and have a strong desire to work toward becoming a Building Surveyor.
  • Can work independently, are well organised and able to prioritise and manage multiple demands as appropriate.
  • Have an interest in buildings and demonstrate some knowledge or experience that can be related the service we provide.
  • You will be inspecting a variety of buildings with different access arrangements and will need to physically fit
As well as competitive pay you will receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, including flexible working hours, extensive wellbeing support through the Employee Assistance Programme and a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staff's development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement with continual personal development, we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have childcare benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.

We really appreciate our employees and fully realise they are essential to our success and look to offer an inclusive, supportive working environment where employees can reach their potentials with a healthy work life balance, offering the following rewards:

  • A generous pension scheme
  • 26 days annual leave per year + bank holidays
  • Flexible / hybrid working
  • A range of retail discounts via our reward portal offering discounts at retailers including IKEA, Currys, Tesco
  • Free Access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and wellbeing support
  • Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities including apprenticeships
  • Potential to purchase additional annual leave
  • Business travel support and initiatives, including bike loans



Applications should be submitted by 12noon on 22nd July 2024.

There will be an initial shortlisting where if successful, you will be required to prepare and deliver a short presentation virtually, via MS Teams on either 30th or 31st July 2024.

Candidates progressing from the presentation stage will be invited to an assessment day in Portsmouth to be held in the week commencing the 5th August 2024.

The final stage of assessment will be formal interviews will also be held in Portsmouth during the w/c 12th August 2024.

When applying candidates should ensure that they are available for the dates above. Whilst some flexibility can be offered around the date and timings of the initial presentation assessment and final stage interviews, the assessment day to be held in the week commencing 5th August 2024 is fixed and can not be changed.

We are a disability confident employer - committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible and welcome applications from all areas of society. 

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