Graduate Residential Surveyor Programme 2018

Competitive + Car + Benefits
24 Apr 2018
22 May 2018
Cardiff Grad2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Trainee Residential Surveyor Programme 2018

Did you know that e.surv Chartered Surveyors is one of the UK’s leading residential valuation services providers? We have the best coverage of any residential surveying company, we employ over 400 surveyors across the UK, so we’re able to offer our clients and customers the flexibility of national coverage with the benefits of local expertise.

As the future of e.surv, our trainee surveyors play a vital role in shaping our company. Surveying is in our DNA and we’re passionate about inspiring the next generation of property experts. If you’re thinking of training to be a residential surveyor, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve worked with our most experienced technical experts to develop a comprehensive training programme that gives our graduates exposure to a wide range of property types and scenarios. You’ll also benefit from an established mentoring scheme.

It’s a formula that we’re proud of and one that’s been working very successfully for the past three years, during which time we’ve helped over 160 graduates to join our business and establish their career paths. 

Intent on continuing this success, we’re now inviting applications for our 2018 intake of trainees. It’s a good time to become a surveyor, and an even better time to join e.surv.

We’re currently looking for candidates in the following locations:

  • Mid Wales
  • North Cardiff or South West Wales
  • South Worcestershire
  • North Birmingham / West Bromwich
  • Greater Manchester
  • South Liverpool / St Helens
  • Burnley, East Lancashire
  • Bradford
  • Lincoln
  • Grimsby
  • Teesside
  • Dorset
  • Oxford
  • Cambridge / Welwyn
  • East London
  • Kingston
  • Redhill / Crawley

​Programme Eligibility.

In order to be considered for the trainee programme, you will need to be eligible for the 1 year route to AssocRICS accreditation and have a strong base knowledge of Residential Building Pathology. The criteria is:

  • A RICS or CIOB accredited degree or post-graduate qualification, plus a minimum of one year industry relevant work experience.
  • A RICS approved HND, HNC, NVQ Level 3 diploma, BTEC or foundation degree, plus a minimum of two years of industry relevant work experience.
  • 4+ years of industry relevant experience.

A full list of the criteria can be found on the RICS website,

We are also interested in applications from candidates who have completed the SAVA Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation.

Our graduate programme provides you with a highly practical introduction to residential surveying. You’ll be supported throughout the process through a combination of ongoing practical assessment, classroom-based training, and mentoring. You’ll spend approximately ten months shadowing our highly skilled surveyors and you’ll gain plenty of practical experience, allowing you to work through a variety of key competencies, including valuation and building pathology.

Then, armed with your knowledge and practical understanding, your mentor and supervisor will support you in preparation for your AssocRICS assessment. The assessment will lead to RICS Associate membership and demonstrates your competence to practice as an AssocRICS surveyor. This process takes approximately one year, during which you’ll obtain the necessary professional skills, knowledge and practical exposure to meet the requirements of becoming a residential surveyor.

Have you got that certain something needed to join our team?

  • Do you meet the eligibility criteria?
  • Do you have a genuine passion for property and strong pathology knowledge?
  • Do you have excellent verbal and written communication skills?
  • Are you able to work as part of a team and build effective working relationships?
  • Do you have strong problem solving and analytical skills, initiative and a proactive approach?

What’s in it for you?

Of course, we expect you to work hard, learn quickly, ask lots of questions, and have some fun along the way. In return, you’ll benefit from the support and expertise of our experienced team, together with a competitive salary and a benefits package that includes:

  • Sponsorship for the AssocRICS qualification (including payment of all RICS fees)
  • Company car or car allowance
  • Pension
  • 25 days paid holiday plus bank holidays
  • Private medical insurance (after AssocRICS qualification)
  • Death in service assurance
  • Share incentive schemes
  • Childcare vouchers

But don’t just take our word for it – we’re a little bit biased. So, we asked a few of our recent graduates to tell us what they think about life at e.surv.

“No two days are the same on the trainee programme. I’ve really benefited from the variety of site visits and day trips, and being able to shadow qualified MRICS surveyors was invaluable.

The one-on-one mentoring process helped to enrich 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 as well as the other trainees.” 

Lily Stratton – Former AssocRICS, now MRICS Surveyor

“For me, the most positive aspects of e.surv’s trainee programme, are the excellent training and continued support I received from my mentors. The team provided me with clear and structured stages of training and development, undoubtedly easing my transition to AssocRICS qualification.”

Kevin Cunningham – AssocRICS Surveyor

“The e.surv trainee programme encourages you to take a very hands-on approach to your personal development. As well as attaining a professional qualification, you’re rewarded for your ambition and a willingness to learn. The mentoring system provided me with crucial on-the-job training experience that I’m now able to apply on a day-to-day basis. It allowed me to establish a solid platform on which I can build my knowledge.”

Scott McIntosh – AssocRICS Surveyor

Sound interesting?

We may be big, but e.surv has always been about quality, not quantity. To apply for a place on our graduate programme, you must meet eligibility criteria. You will have, or be predicted to obtain a RICS/CIOB accredited Degree/Masters or international equivalent. Alternatively, you will have 4+ years of employed experience in Estate Agency, Property Management or a Surveying related discipline. 

How to apply

If you’d like to apply for a place on our Graduate Residential Surveyor Programme, please email Grace Wright at

(Please make sure you include your location preference from our list of advertised locations in your covering letter).

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