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Trainee / Sava Residential Surveyor

e.surv Chartered Surveyors
Dartford OR Brighton OR Eastbourne OR Oxford
Competitive plus benefits
Closing date
1 Aug 2024

Job Details

Trainee Residential Surveyor Programme    

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 which gives our Trainees exposure to a wide range of property types and scenarios. You’ll also benefit from an established mentoring scheme. 

You wouldn’t expect anything less from a business with our heritage, would you? What you might not expect is the friendly and resourceful central team providing invaluable support to all our customers and clients; or the commitment to the personal and professional development of all our people. When you factor in the flexible benefits, Share Save and BAYE schemes, and our fresh approach to incentive earnings, you start to understand that we do things a little differently at e.surv. Do you have that certain something needed to join our team?  

Intent on continuing this success, we’re now inviting applications for our January 2023 intake of trainees. It’s a good time to become a surveyor, and an even better time to join e.surv. 

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,   

 Locations for 2024

Newcastle Halifax Berwick/Northumberland North Tyneside Bradford Omagh Darlington Cornwall Derry/Londonderry Harrogate Croydon Ballymena Carlisle Plymouth Banbridge West Cumbria  Birmingham Belfast  Sheffield  Cheshire   Rotherham Milton Keynes   Hull Llandrindod Wells   Barnsley Aberystwyth Reigate Huddersfield Walsall Brighton / Eastbourne Bradford Swansea North/North West london Liverpool Oxford Maidstone Warrington Northampton Mayfair/chelsea

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

Have you got what's 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?  

Trading since 1989, e.surv is the UK’s largest and leading provider of residential valuation and property risk services. Employing over 600 RICS-registered surveyors across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, e.surv completes the equivalent of one property inspection every 12 seconds. With industry-leading technology, nationwide postcode coverage and a wealth of property risk expertise, e.surv is a great choice for your next career move.  

We're part of LSL Property Services Plc Group of companies, which includes household names, YOUR MOVE and Reeds Rains, as well as the mortgage broker network, Primis. We work with lenders, intermediaries, social housing entities, and estate agents, as well as private customers. 

What’s in it for you?  

Naturally, 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 (after AssocRICS qualification)   
  • Private medical insurance (after AssocRICS qualification)  
  • Death in service assurance  
  • Share incentive schemes  

Don’t just take our word for it – we’re a little bit biased. So, we asked two of our former Trainees to tell us what they think about life at e.surv.  

“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 – Former AssocRICS, now MRICS Surveyor    

“e.surv’s Trainee Surveyor scheme has been fantastic. It enabled me to kickstart my career as an AssocRICS surveyor faster than I anticipated. I was daunted at times but, via mentoring, classroom sessions, clever tech and lots of support from my Manager, Trainers and colleagues, I’ve achieved my goal, a career to be proud of.”
Sarah Shanks-Pell – Assoc RICS Surveyor


Sound interesting?  

We may be big, but e.surv has always been about quality, not quantity. To apply for a place on our Trainee 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 Trainee Residential Surveyor Programme, please email Please include your location preference from our list of advertised locations in your covering letter.  


HINTS AND TIPS - BUILDING PATHOLOGY is a major factor in selection and rejection judgement.  


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e.surv Chartered Surveyors is the country's largest provider of residential valuation services. That means we do more valuations for lenders than any other surveyor in the UK. To put it into numbers we complete one valuation every four minutes.

We're part of the LSL Property Services PLC Group of companies, which includes household names YOUR MOVE and Reeds Rains, as well as the mortgage broker network First Complete. We work with lenders, intermediaries, social housing entities and estate agents in addition to private customers.

Our business started in 1987, when e.surv was part of General Accident, but wasn't formally separated as a business from the Estate Agency division until 1992. in 1999 we rebranded from GA Valuations to become e.surv Chartered Surveyors. With the dawn of the new millennium we took our first internet booking, and since then we've been tracking and reporting everything online.

It wasn't until 2004 when e.surv, and sister company, YOUR MOVE left Norwich Union to create LSL Property Services PLC, which has continued its expansion through the acquisition of Reeds Rains Estate Agency, Homefast Property Lawyers, St Trinity Asset Management (formerly Halifax Corporate Services) and Templeton LPA. In 2006 LSL Property Services was listed on the UK Stock Exchange in a £220m floatation.

As a business, we have remained profitable despite experiencing the worst conditions in the UK housing market for over 25 years, and in 2010 and 2012 we were voted the Valuer / Surveyor of the Year at the Mortgage Strategy Awards, since then we have amassed a list of awards including the “Mortgage Solutions” Equity Release Valuer of the Year award, two years in succession 2014/2015..

Our most recent achievements are in the development of a revolutionary iPad Surveyor reporting software. Exciting times at e.surv – come and take a look for yourself.


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