The Winning Formula with esurv

Written by: RICS Recruit
Published on: 4 Jun 2018

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Since launching their Graduate Residential Surveying Programme in 2012, e.surv has kick-started the careers of over 100 graduate residential surveyors, each of whom has benefited from a well-established mentoring scheme. As the future of the business, e.surv’s graduate surveyors play a vital role in shaping the company and they are currently supporting 22 trainees through their AssocRICS programme. Surveying is in e.surv’s DNA and they’re passionate about inspiring the next generation of property experts.

If you’re thinking of training to become a residential surveyor, you’ve come to the right place.

Working with their most experienced technical experts, e.surv has developed a comprehensive training programme that gives their graduates exposure to a wide range of property types and scenarios. You’ll gain the technical knowledge to be able to identify and report upon the wide range of condition and valuation factors that affect residential property.

By working with a dedicated mentor, you’ll benefit from all the support and encouragement you need to manage your own learning. Your mentor will be on hand to answer all those difficult questions, help you to maximise your potential, develop your skills, improve your performance and ultimately, achieve your goals.

But along with a practical introduction to residential surveying, you’ll develop the professional and personal qualities you need to be successful throughout your career. After a full company induction, you’ll begin the journey towards AssocRICS accreditation, supported through a combination of ongoing practical assessment, blended learning, and mentoring. Typically, you’ll spend between 9 and 12 months shadowing an experienced surveyor, and working through a variety of key competencies, including valuation, health and safety, building pathology, RICS regulations, and more specific areas such as walls, roofs and building defects. e.surv will even introduce you to the vagaries of Japanese knotweed and the challenges of mundic!

And while mentors are your day-to-day contact, the entire e.surv team is here to help and support you throughout the graduate programme. For e.surv, it’s the dedicated mentoring scheme that adds the most value, benefiting both the trainee and the mentor.

Some of e.surv’s current and recent graduates and mentors have spoken about how mentoring enhances the learning process:

Justin McKinney is an experienced MRICS Chartered Surveyor, who nevertheless finds the mentoring process rewarding and insightful:

Not only is it satisfying to pass on one's knowledge to the next generation of surveyors but I find that I am often forced to look at issues;in the field from a fresh perspective. We can all become a little 'set in our ways' and although mentoring may cost me some time during my working day;I do feel that, on the whole, the process is refreshing and fulfilling.

Lily Stratton recently qualified as an MRICS Chartered Surveyor, but has fond memories of the mentoring element of her training programme:

“I really benefited from the variety of site visits and day trips, and being able to shadow qualified MRICS surveyors. The one-on-one mentoring enriched my knowledge and understanding, and gave me an insight into the type of work I’d be undertaking when qualified. Best of all, I felt supported throughout. I’ve got a great support network, having developed valued friendships with my mentors and other trainees.”

It’s a sentiment shared by trainees on our current development programme. Trainee Surveyor, David Bradshaw: “It’s great – you’re actively doing the job and getting support and guidance whilst doing so. And it’s not just beneficially in terms of the surveying aspect – you also develop the mentality to deal with customers daily. You can learn the basics in a classroom at Uni, but there’s nothing like the experience out on the job with your mentor.’’

“The major benefit of having a mentor is in being able to learn from someone who’s had many years’ experience,” adds fellow trainee, Mark Hansford. “They’re able to guide you through the process quickly without compromising the quality. They also show you exactly how to interact with the clients and agents/vendors.”

It’s a formula that e.surv is extremely proud of and one that’s been working very successfully for the past four years. In fact, the 2013 group of graduates surpassed the industry average by some way with their AssocRICS submissions, raising the bar for both e.surv and the industry as a whole. On the back of this success, e.surv continues to welcome graduates into their business, using the unique perspective and experience of their incumbent graduates to evolve the programme, year on year.

Says Operations Director, Russ Hewitt: “We recruited over 20 graduates in 2016, all of whom have made considerable progress in their first few months. In January 2017, it starts all over again, when we’ll begin the painstaking process of finding suitable candidates for our next intake.”

To AssocRICS and beyond

Armed with your knowledge and practical experience, your mentor and supervisor will support you in preparation for your AssocRICS submission and if you’re successful, subject to you completing the e.surv competency test, you’ll become a qualified AssocRICS surveyor. The whole process takes approximately one year, although exceptional candidates may progress more quickly.

But it doesn’t end there. If you wish to progress, e.surv will support you as you move through the competency levels, acquiring the necessary professional skills, knowledge and practical exposure to meet the requirements of the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and become a Chartered residential surveyor.

e.surv is currently supporting 14 AssocRICS surveyors through their APC, and will be inviting a further cohort to undertake the programme from October.

Says Russ Hewitt: “We’re committed to the personal and professional development of all surveyors, and to delivering learning programmes that are informative, engaging, and great fun, in equal measure. When you factor in the industry-leading technology that we have introduced across our business this year, you start to understand that while it’s a good time to become a surveyor, it’s an even better time to join e.surv.”

If you’re thinking of training to become a Chartered Surveyor, or if you’re an AssocRICS looking for your next career move, you’ve come to the right place. To find out more about life at e.surv, arrange a meeting with one of our Directors, or for a confidential chat about a specific vacancy, please contact Matt, Grace or Lauren in our Talent Acquisition team on 01773 767447. Or email your CV to, or


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